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Adjusting color in Quick Fix


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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Adjusting color in Quick Fix

Some photos suffer from problems with color. There may be an unwanted colorcast or some of the colors may be oversaturated or too desaturated or you may need to adjust the color temperature of an image. Let's take a closer look at the color controls in the Quick Fix workspace to see how we can use them to fix those problems. The color controls are located here in this panel, the Color panel and in the Balance panel. I'll start in the Color panel with the Auto control. The Auto control comes in handy for removing colorcasts. A colorcast like the blue colorcast in this photo is usually caused by the light in which the photo was taken.
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
11h 20m Beginner Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Downloading files from a digital camera
  • Importing photos into an Elements catalog
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Organizing photos into albums and Smart Albums
  • Automatically adjusting photos in Quick Fix
  • Walking through Guided Edit photo techniques
  • Understanding photo resizing and resolution
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Making and refining selections
  • Correcting photos in the Full Edit workspace
  • Applying image sharpening
  • Adding text and special effects
  • Creating photo projects, such as greeting cards and calendars
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Adjusting color in Quick Fix

Some photos suffer from problems with color. There may be an unwanted colorcast or some of the colors may be oversaturated or too desaturated or you may need to adjust the color temperature of an image. Let's take a closer look at the color controls in the Quick Fix workspace to see how we can use them to fix those problems. The color controls are located here in this panel, the Color panel and in the Balance panel. I'll start in the Color panel with the Auto control. The Auto control comes in handy for removing colorcasts. A colorcast like the blue colorcast in this photo is usually caused by the light in which the photo was taken.

This was taken in a shaded canyon, so the rocks look more blue, than they did to my eye when I was there in the canyon. But a single click, on the Auto color button, can solve that problem, neutralizing the blue that was visible primarily in the midtones in the rocks. Keep in mind that you don't always want to remove a colorcast. There are some images, like this one, that benefit from a colorcast. This has a kind of a gold cast that I think emphasizes the season. If I were to apply the Auto color correction to this image, I think it detracts from the overall mood by turning it to blue.

So, I'm going to click the Undo button at the top of the screen. Notice that there are a couple of sliders in the Color panel; one to adjust Saturation and one to adjust Hue. Saturation means the intensity or purity of color. A less saturated color has more gray in it than a highly saturated color does. If I wanted to desaturate the colors in this image, I would drag the Saturation slider over to the left and if I wanted to take the color out completely, I could drag the Saturation slider all the way to the left, although, I don't think this is the best way to convert an image from color to black-and-white.

If I want to make the colors in the image pop a little, I'll drag the Saturation slider over just passed where I started to make the colors a little more intense. If I want to commit this change, I'll click the check mark here in the Title bar of the Color panel. Now let's take a look at the Hue slider in the Color panel. I'm going to go to another image for that. If I drag the Hue slider that changes the overall color of the image. As you can see, it affects the entire image, at least the parts that are light enough to take color here. That's the foreground flower as well as these flowers in the background.

Often when I change Hue, I mean to change the hue of just a particular object in an image. How can I do that? Let me cancel by clicking the X here on the Title bar of the Color panel and I'm going to go over to the toolbox and I'm going to get a tool that we haven't seen before the, Quick Selection tool. With this tool, I can click and drag in the image to select an area of the image based on its color and its tone. This tool takes note of the edges of objects. So it makes it pretty quick and easy to select. I'll move into the image and I see that the circumference of my brush tip is pretty big.

This tool works better with a really small brush. So I'm going to go up to the Options bar for the Quick Selection tool and I'll go to the Brush picker right here and click the white arrow. In the Brush picker, I'll take the Diameter slider and I'm going to drag it over to the left, making the brush smaller. I'm also going to make the brush a bit softer by dragging the Hardness slider over to the left a bit and then I'll click in a blank area of the Options bar to close the Brush picker. I'll move into the image and I'm going to click on the petals of the foreground flower and I'm just going to drag and Elements automatically selects the flower by its edges.

If I do this carefully, I'll get a good selection, but I came a little bit too close to the edge here. There is no problem because I can go up to the Options bar for the Quick Selection tool and click on the Subtract from selection icon; the one with the minus symbol on it and then come back into the image and move my mouse over the part of this selection that I don't want to include which is this background flower here. I can refine this selection further if I want to take the time, going back and forth between the Subtract from selection and Add to selection buttons.

I also can click the Refine Edge button and that opens up some more options that I can use to fine-tune my selection. We'll look at those later when we learn about selections, but for now, I want to show you that I can use a selection to limit the area that's affected by any of the corrections here in the Quick Fix workspace. In this case, I happened to be applying a Hue correction, but this works with any of these corrections. So I'm going to take that Hue slider and drag it to the left and this time, only the selected area changes in color. I might also reduce the saturation of that color and when I'm done, I want to deselect.

So I'll go up to the Select menu and I'll choose Deselect. Well, I could have used the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+D, that's Command+D on a Mac to make that selection boundary go away. I'm going to open one more image to show you another color correction feature here in the Quick Fix workspace and that is Color Balance. Depending on how your camera is set when you take a photo, your image may tend toward blue or gold. You can change that Color Balance here in the Quick Fix workspace using the Temperature slider.

If I drag the Temperature slider over to the right, I'll add more gold to the image; to the left, the image becomes more blue. I like it with a little bit of a gold tint, so I'll, move Temperature over to the right. There's also a Tint slider that adds either more magenta or more green. I'm going to leave that at zero, but sometimes when I am correcting a portrait, I like to add a little magenta for the skin color and when I'm satisfied, I'll click the check mark to commit those changes. So that's how to use the controls in the Color panel and the Balance panel of the Quick Fix workspace to fix some common problems with color in your photographs.

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