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Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer

Elements offers four different areas in which you can edit your photos. The main difference between these four editing areas is the level of automation that each one offers. The simplest and most automatic of all is the Fix panel right here in the Organizer. To access this panel, click on the Fix tab in the task pane. And by the way, if you click the arrow to the right of the Fix tab you can see the three other areas for photo editing, all of which are part of the Editor. Full Photo Edit, Quick Photo Edit and Guided Photo Edit.

Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer

Elements offers four different areas in which you can edit your photos. The main difference between these four editing areas is the level of automation that each one offers. The simplest and most automatic of all is the Fix panel right here in the Organizer. To access this panel, click on the Fix tab in the task pane. And by the way, if you click the arrow to the right of the Fix tab you can see the three other areas for photo editing, all of which are part of the Editor. Full Photo Edit, Quick Photo Edit and Guided Photo Edit.

But Photo Fix Options are not part of the Editor, but rather part of the Organizer. The fact that the Fix panel is in the Organizer and is so automatic, make it the perfect place to go if you're new to editing photos in Elements or when you're dealing with snapshots or you are just in a hurry and you want to quickly improve the look of a photo, without having to get into the Editor and use manual controls. I am working here in the 05_01 folder, and I'm going to click on the single photo in that folder to select it. Then I'll go over to the Fix tab in the task panel, and I'm going to click on the first of the Photo Fix Options, Auto Smart Fix.

In just the blink of an eye Auto Smart Fix has analyzed the color and tones in this photo and has adjusted the photo in terms of Brightness, Contrast, and Color all in one step. And by the way, when I talk about contrast, I mean the degree of difference between the lightest tones in an image and the darkest tones. Now if you like these results you don't even have to worry about saving the image with these changes, because the Fix feature automatically saves the edited version of a photo. Notice that this photo has a blue icon up in the top-right corner.

This indicates that an edited copy of the photo is now part of a set with the original and that set is called a version set. Notice that there's also a gray box around the entire photo. Another indicator that the copy we're looking at is part of a version set, and finally, if you look down here at the bottom-left corner, you can see from the name of the file, Orchid_ edited1, that this is an edited copy of the original orchid image. I'd like to expand the version set so that you can see the original and compare it to this edited copy.

To do that, I'm going to click this arrow right here on the right side of the gray box around the photo. I'm also going to go up to the Zoom slider and drag to the left, until I can see both copies of this image, the original on the right and the edited version with the Auto Smart Fix correction on the left. This edited version has been automatically saved into the version set. So I don't have to bother saving it manually. Let's say that you don't like the result of applying Auto Smart Fix. What can you do? In that case you can use the Undo command.

To access that I'm going to go up to the Edit menu at the top of the Organizer and I'm going to choose Undo and it tells me exactly what the step is that I'm going to be undoing. Undo Auto Smart Fix. Notice that there is a keyboard shortcut for Undo, Ctrl+Z. This is a very common shortcut, so it's one that I suggest you remember, because you'll be using it a lot. So I'll select Undo Auto Smart Fix, and you see this progress bar indicating that Elements is undoing that command. That eliminated the edited version of the file, so now the only one that shows in the Photo Browser is the original.

I would like to try another one of the Photo Fix Options on this photo. Let's see what Auto Color does. Normally Auto Color is used to try to neutralize any unwanted colorcast in the photo. This particular photo doesn't have much of a colorcast, so I don't think we're going to see much of a change when I apply this Auto Fix. Typically a colorcast is something like a greenish cast that comes from fluorescent lights in a room, or maybe a bluish cast on something like white snow under a bright sky. But here there really isn't a colorcast problem, so clicking Auto Color like this doesn't do much to this image.

So, I'm going to undo that attempt by pressing Ctrl+Z on my keyboard the shortcut for Undo. Now I'm going to go on and try the Auto Levels command in the Photo Fix Options. I'll click Auto Levels and you can immediately see a change. And I think it's a change for the better. If I want to compare the original with this edited version of the image, again I'll click the arrow on the right side of the gray rectangle around the image. Here on the right is the original. It's dark and it doesn't have any bright whites or black blacks.

And here on the left is the version with Auto Levels applied. What Auto Levels has done is adjust the contrast in the photo. Expanding the range of tones by making the whites whiter, the darks darker, and spreading out the mid-tones in between. Levels sometimes has an affect on color too. So, sometimes it may be preferable to use Auto Contrast, which is right here in the Photo Fix Options rather than Auto Levels. I'm going to skip over Auto Sharpen right now, because sharpening is generally the last thing that I do in my photo workflow, because the results of sharpening vary depending on what other edits I've already apply to photo.

I'm also going to skip Auto Redeye Fix, because there aren't any eyes in this photo and what this control is for is fixing the red glow that you sometimes see in people's eyes when you take a photo with the flash. I will be covering Redeye Fix in another movie. There's a Crop tool here that I'd like to take a look at. I would like to a crop away part of the adjusted version of this photo. So, I'm going to make sure that the adjusted version is selected here and then I'm going to click Crop. In the Crop Photo dialog box, you see a bounding box that defines the area will be the cropped photo.

I can click-and-drag on any one of these anchor points to change the shape and size of this bounding box. I'm going to do that right now. Alternatively, I could go over to the Aspect Ratio field here in the column on the right of this dialog box and click to choose a specific Aspect Ratio. I would like this bounding box to be, say, four 4x6 units. And I say units because it's not necessarily inches or pixels. It's just a ratio. So, I'll select that and that immediately adjusts the bounding box.

I could move the bounding box around, but I kind of like it where it is. So, I'm going to leave it there. And I'll click the green checkmark to crop the photo to that bounding box. In the CropPhoto column there is a feature that I really like and that's the View menu. From this menu, I can choose whether to view the Before photo, which is the original, or the After photo, which is the cropped photo, or both. I'm going to choose Before and After. And here I can compare the original photo on the left before the crop to the cropped version on the right.

I liked this change, so I'm going to accept the crop by clicking OK here at the bottom-right of this dialog box. Back in the Photo Browser, the edited version on the left has not only the Auto Levels feature applied to it, but also the crop. The last thing I would do to the edited version of the file is to sharpen it. Notice that I still have the edited version selected here. I know that because it has a blue border around it. I'll go over to the Auto Sharpen command here in the Photo Fix Options and I'll click. That causes Elements to sharpen the detail in the edited version of the photo on the left.

There is one last feature that I want to show you and that's at the bottom of the Fix panel. Here there is a link to the Editor workspace in Photoshop Elements. So if I wanted to apply more manual or sophisticated edits to this file, I could open it from here into the Full Editor workspace. And finally there's a link here that says More Options. If I click that, I get the option to edit this photo with an external editor and if I click that command the Preferences dialog box opens to the area where I can specify a supplementary editing application.

So that means that if I have a program like Adobe Photoshop or maybe Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Fireworks or some other digital imaging program, I could specify it as the external editor, and open files directly into that editor using these commands. I am going to cancel out of this dialog box and that completes this tour of the first of the four editing workspaces in Elements, the Photo Fix Options in the Fix panel in the Organizer.

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye

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