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Adjustments

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Adjustments

Quick Photo Edit allows you to make quick adjustments to a photo using common image editing controls. Unlike Guided Photo Edit, Quick Photo Edit provides the tools to make image adjustments, but gives you a little more freedom and control to edit your photo as you see fit. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video in the Elements 10 Organizer. And to find the image that I want to work with for this video, I'm going to come up here into the search text field, and I'm simply going to type img_4043. And that is going to display the photo that I want to work on in this example. So with this photo selected, I can access the Quick Photo Edit by coming over here to the Fix tab, clicking on the triangle to the right and choosing Quick Photo Edit.

Adjustments

Quick Photo Edit allows you to make quick adjustments to a photo using common image editing controls. Unlike Guided Photo Edit, Quick Photo Edit provides the tools to make image adjustments, but gives you a little more freedom and control to edit your photo as you see fit. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video in the Elements 10 Organizer. And to find the image that I want to work with for this video, I'm going to come up here into the search text field, and I'm simply going to type img_4043. And that is going to display the photo that I want to work on in this example. So with this photo selected, I can access the Quick Photo Edit by coming over here to the Fix tab, clicking on the triangle to the right and choosing Quick Photo Edit.

This is going to open up this image in the Elements Editor. And you'll notice that, on the right hand side in my panel dock, that we have several different categories for making adjustments to our image. You'll notice that I am already in the quick edit category, because I initiated this from within the Elements 10 Organizer. So the first thing I'm going to do, is click on the Auto button under Smartfix, just to see what's going to happen, when I perform this operation. So if I click Auto, you're going to notice that a change has been made.

And you can see that we have a significant contrast move that has been made. The original image was fairly flat and now we've got signifigantly more contrast. Now what we can also do, is we can drag this fixed slider to the right, to refine the amount of adjustment that has been made here. So as I drag to the right, I get a little less adjustment, as I drag to the left it gets darker. So I'm going to find a happy medium here, then what I can also do is I can adjust the lighting.

Now what I'm going to do, is I'm going to lighten the shadows just a little bit. So I'm going to drag that to the right, not too far, go with maybe about ten, and then we can also adjust the midtones as well. So you can drag the midtones to the left to lighten them, or to the right, to darken it. And then of course, the same thing with the highlights. Now in this particular image, I really don't want to do anything to the highlights, because the only highlights I really have here, is up here in the sky. So we're going to leave the highlights alone, although you certainly could change them a little bit.

You're really not going to see too much of a change, making the highlight adjustments maybe a little bit up here at the top. So now I'll come down to the color section, and this is where I can tweak the color so to speak. So if I drag this slider to the right, I'm going to increase the overall saturation of the color. And you can see that we're starting to make the colors pop here, because all of the colors here are being saturated more than they already are. You can also adjust the Hue. So if I drag to the left, it's going to go towards the pink side, which I really don't want. And if I drag to the right, then that's going to push a little more to the yellow side.

So I really don't want to adjust the Hue. I kind of like where it is, so we'll keep it at about zero in this case. But let's go down to balance now. And this is where we can adjust the overall temperature of this image. So, with the temperature slider, I'm going to drag this to the right a little bit. You can see that we're really bringing out the red in those rocks, and I remember this as much closer to what these rocks actually looked like. They had that deep red hue to them. So, the temperature slider allows me to make that adjustment. And I should also point out, that as I make these adjustments, you'll notice that, at the top where it says balance, I have a Checkmark, and an X that allows me to either commit that last change or reject it. So if I click the X, it's going to go back to where it was. So I'm going to go ahead and drag that over again.

I'm going to do about 55 or 56 here. Then you can also adjust the tint if you want to. Now this is going to impose a tint on this image and again I really don't want to do too much here. Keep that back down to about zero or so, and then finally we can sharpen our image as well. Again, to sharpen the image, or to at least see the effects of this sharpness, what I'm going to do is Zoom in to 100%. So I can do that a couple of different ways. I can adjust the zoom down here, I can highlight the field I can choose it from the Drop down menu. I can also go to the View menu up here, and I can choose Actual Pixels. And what that will allow me to do is see the 100% view of this image. And I'm not going to apply a whole lot of sharpening here, because you can see that we're starting to see some of the noise that was imposed in this image as I took the shot.

And that's partially do to the lower light conditions that the camera was used in, but I'm going to drag the slider to the right a little bit. I do want to increase the sharpness a little bit, but not too much because it's going to start to bring out all of the grain in this photo. So I can Click and Drag to move this around, to just kind of see the different areas, and probably down here is really where I'm going to see the results of my sharpening. So if I drag to the left we can see it gets a little softer, if I drag to the right it starts to sharpen a little bit. So, I'm going to go with about 80, that looks pretty good to me. And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to press Cmd+0 on Mac, or, Ctrl+0 on Windows, to fit this to my window.

Or we can go to the View menu, and choose Fit On Screen. They're both going to do the same thing. And that allows me to see my image, the whole image on the screen. What I'll do now is Double-click on the Project Bin tab to collapse it and in the View drop down menu, I'm going to choose before and after horizontal. So I can see what my image looked like originally, and what it looks like now. And we can see how drastic of a change we've made to this image, and how much we've improved upon the image as well.

So I'm going to change the view back to after only. And I'm going to go to the File menu, and choose Save. And it's going to ask me once again, if I want to include it in the Elements Organizer, which I definitely want to do, and save version set with the original. So, I'm going to leave it named at edited one, and I'll go ahead and click the Save button. And I'm going to drag the quality for the JPEG options all the way to the right, and click OK. Then I can close my image, and when I get back the Organizer we can see this is saved in the version set, and I have my original should I ever need to go back to it.

And my edited version as well. Even though these edits are quick, that doesn't mean they're not powerful. As you've seen in this example, with a few adjustments, you can significantly improve the aesthetics of an image in just a few clicks.

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