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Adjusting color

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

Video: Adjusting color

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.

Adjusting color

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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Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

39 video lessons · 6288 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 9m 19s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. What is Elements?
      2m 36s
    3. Getting acquainted with Elements workspaces
      5m 45s
  2. 19m 37s
    1. Working with catalogs
      4m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      3m 41s
    3. Importing photos from your computer
      2m 49s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      4m 50s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      3m 55s
  3. 11m 9s
    1. Cropping in Photo Fix
      4m 52s
    2. Applying one-click adjustments in Photo Fix
      4m 27s
    3. Fixing red-eye in Photo Fix
      1m 50s
  4. 27m 6s
    1. Working in Quick Edit
      6m 8s
    2. Adjusting lighting
      3m 41s
    3. Adjusting color
      4m 4s
    4. Making selective adjustments
      4m 33s
    5. Retouching with the Healing Brush tools
      4m 53s
    6. Saving edited images
      3m 47s
  5. 8m 46s
    1. Working in Guided Edit
      2m 56s
    2. Correcting skin tones in Guided Edit
      2m 44s
    3. Applying a vignette in Guided Edit
      3m 6s
  6. 32m 46s
    1. Touring the Expert Edit interface
      4m 49s
    2. Working with layers
      8m 55s
    3. Working with selections
      6m 18s
    4. Improving photos with adjustment layers
      5m 37s
    5. Editing automatically with actions
      2m 34s
    6. Adding text
      4m 33s
  7. 36m 37s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      4m 30s
    2. Managing files and folders
      4m 35s
    3. Organizing using People
      8m 43s
    4. Organizing using Places
      5m 1s
    5. Organizing using Events
      3m 28s
    6. Keyword tagging
      4m 12s
    7. Grouping photos into albums
      6m 8s
  8. 10m 1s
    1. Making a photo creation
      7m 39s
    2. Outputting a photo creation
      2m 22s
  9. 11m 6s
    1. Sending photos by email
      4m 49s
    2. Sharing photos to Facebook
      3m 9s
    3. Exporting photos
      3m 8s
  10. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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