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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
The Quick Edit workspace in the Editor has controls for adjusting color in an image. To take a look at those I'm going to select all three of these images in the Organizer, clicking on one, and then holding the Shift key and clicking on another, and that will select the one in between as well. Then I'll go down to the Editor icon in the taskbar at the bottom of the Organizer and click to open these images into the Editor. I'm working in the Quick Edit workspace and I'm going to collapse the Photo Bin at the bottom by clicking this arrow. And then I'm going to take the Zoom slider and drag to the right to zoom in on this photo.
When you have a photo of food, it's really important to get the color balance right. In other words, the balance between cool blues and warm gold tones, as well as a balance between greens and magentas, otherwise the food just doesn't look that appetizing. You may not have noticed it when you first saw this picture, but if you look closely, you can see that the ham and the cheese have a little too much blue and maybe a little green in them. So I'm going to go over to the Balance adjustment in the Quick Edit workspace, click the arrow there to open those controls. And I'm going to click on the Temperature tab. Here I can use the slider or the presets that range from cool blues to warmer golds.
I'll hover over this preset, and obviously that's too gold, so I'll try some of these other presets, and as I hover over them I'm getting a live preview in the document window. I'm going to start with this one, I'll click on it to apply it to the photo, and then I'll fine-tune by coming up to the Temperature slider and I'm going to drag it slightly to the left. Next, I'll click on the Tint tab, and here I might add just a touch of magenta by dragging the green to magenta slider over toward the right. Now let's look at a Before and After view by going up to the View menu, and I'll zoom in again, so you can see how much more appetizing the food is with a little bit of gold and magenta as opposed to the blues and greens in the original.
I'm going to open the Photo Bin again to show you another color issue in this photo of my friend John in France. I'll double-click this photo and leave this in Before and After view and I'll be making changes to the After view on the right. I think this photo is lacking in color intensity or saturation, to fix that I'll go to the Color adjustment and click the arrow to the right of it and that opens the Color controls. There are three separate sets of sliders and presets here. If I click on Hue and then I drag the slider, you can see that Hue changes the actual color in an image. That isn't what I want to do here, so I'll go down to the presets and I'll click the one with the curved arrow to reset the photo to the original.
I'll try Saturation by clicking on the Saturation tab. Saturation controls the intensity of color. If I hover over any of the presets that increase Saturation, you can see that the colors are just too intense and John just looks like he has a sunburn. So when you want to make colors more intense, but you want to do it in a more subtle fashion and protect skin tones, often Vibrance is a better choice than Saturation. I'll click on the Vibrance tab, and here I can come down to even the most extreme of the presets that takes the slider to 100, I'll click on that to apply it, and I've managed to make the colors in the image more intense, but avoid that sunburn look on John's skin.
Now let's look at another image. I'll double-click on this one in the Photo Bin. I think that this photo, not only has a color problem, it's a little bit too red in John's face, but it also has a contrast problem as well. So to try to fix that I'm going to use the Auto Color control, and that's also under the Color adjustment. I'll click the arrow to the right of Color to access it, and then I'll come down and I'll click the Auto button. Now in the After view you can see that the color has changed, it's a little more gold, and there's an increase in contrast, making the subject look better.
So those are the Color controls in the Quick Edit workspace. You can use them to increase the intensity of color with Saturation or the more subtle Vibrance. To change the actual color using the Hue controls. You can try out Auto Color, which adjusts color and contrast, and you can affect the color balance. Most often you work with the Temperature slider, adding either cool tones or warm tones, and you also have a Tint slider here that you can use to add a little more magenta, which I'll often do with skin tones like this, or in some cases more green.
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