Deke's Techniques 605: Auto-Stitching Scanned Artwork in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 605: Auto-Stitching Scanned Artwork in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to meticulously stitch together two component scans in Photoshop to form one meticulous piece of artwork.

And meticulous is what my grandfather, Harvey Wheeler, who designed this brochure strove to be. You can see the careful blue lines and correction marks all over the original scan.

Original scan

Deke uses a combination of Photoshop's Auto-Align Layers and Auto-Blend Layers to start combine the two scans. Then he repairs the seams, applies the Channel Mixer to even out the tones, and uses a Levels adjustment to further fine-tune.

The result is a final artifact worthy of Harvey's attention to detail (although I have personal nostalgia for the marked up original, of course).

Scanned and trimmed document

Just looking at it brings back the sound of the jingling bell on the door and the amazing smell of exotic (to me) meats and cheeses.

If you're a member of, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he non-destructively provided a perfectly uniform trim around the artwork without clipping a single pixel of the original. It's a cool trick that takes advantage of both the Magic Wand and Photoshop's Crop tool.

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Deke's Techniques 525: Combining Group Photos in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke demonstrates how to really blend your blended family together in Photoshop. That is, how to take two separate group photos, taken from different angles, with different composition, and even different subjects, and turn them into one big happy Photoshop-assisted team.

We start this weeks project with a couple of shots that Deke and I (respectively) took on the grounds of the Rock of Cashel in Ireland whilst on vacation with all our sons. No one else was around (and anyway, who trusts strangers to shoot your family photo?) and it seemed irreverent to rest the camera on a timer on a 17th century headstone.

So I shot the gang with Deke in frame:

One shot without Colleen

And he did the same with me in the shot:

One shot without Deke

And with the magic of Photoshop's Auto-Align Layers feature, Deke matched up the two images, and then mix-and-masked to create the family photo we were looking for.

Although the undifferentiated gray Irish skies and the textured grass were pretty forgiving, there were a few challenges that required creative problem-solving. Check out the movie to see how Deke resolves a couple of challenges, ultimately electing to repeat a detail of Max's dark coat, rather than give Max an extra head growing out of his shoulder (although his brother might have found that amusing.)

After a bit of vanity retouching (on himself) and careful cropping, our rag tag team looks like a coherent whole. You can see in the Layers panel where little bits of work were done to make our team shine together (and in the case of Wheels and Deke, not shine quite so much!)

Combined group shot in Photoshop

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