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Applying Photo Fix


Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Applying Photo Fix

Most of the editing that you'll do in Elements will be in the Editor, in one of the three editing workspaces in that part of the program which are the Quick Fix, Guided Edit, and Full Edit workspaces. But you can do some editing right here in the Organizer using the Organizer's Photo Fix options. To access Photo Fix, I'll go up to the Task pane and I'm going to click on the Fix tab, not on the arrow to the right of the Fix tab, but right on the word Fix. That opens up the Photo Fix Options which you can see listed here.
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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
    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
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye

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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
Photoshop Elements Elements
Jan Kabili

Applying Photo Fix

Most of the editing that you'll do in Elements will be in the Editor, in one of the three editing workspaces in that part of the program which are the Quick Fix, Guided Edit, and Full Edit workspaces. But you can do some editing right here in the Organizer using the Organizer's Photo Fix options. To access Photo Fix, I'll go up to the Task pane and I'm going to click on the Fix tab, not on the arrow to the right of the Fix tab, but right on the word Fix. That opens up the Photo Fix Options which you can see listed here.

These are all one click automatic solutions to common photo problems. So Photo Fix is a good place to start if you're new to Elements and you're looking for the simplest way to spruce up some casual photos. The first step in applying Photo Fix options is to select a photo. So I'm going to click on this horizontal photo here in the Media browser. While I'm applying Photo Fix options, I'd like to be looking at a larger view of this Thumbnail. So I'm going to come up to the slider at the top of the screen and click the icon just to the right of it to take this Thumbnail into Single Photo View like this.

Now, before I start editing, take a look at the name of the original file; thistle-1.jpg and keep that in mind. Now I'm going to go over to the Photo Fix options and I'm going to first try to apply the Auto Smart Fix option. Auto Smart Fix is like one stop shopping. It attempts to improve the color and the lighting of the photo all at once. One thing that Auto Smart Fix will do is try to remove a color cast in the photo. A color cast is a predominant color across an image that's caused by the temperature of light in which the photo was taken.

Here you can see there is a magenta color cast in the background of this photo and I'd like to eliminate that. Auto Smart Fix will also attempt to improve the color saturation of an image, which means the intensity of color. This photo is rather de-saturated. Auto Smart Fix will also work on the brightness of the photo. In this case, I have a pretty dark photo that I'd like to lighten. And finally, Auto Smart Fix will address the contrast in the photo. By contrast, I mean the range of brightness values or tones in the photo.

Most photos look best with some white highlights with photographic detail, some dark shadow areas with detail, and a full range of brightness values in between. This particular photo doesn't have that, so it looks rather dull or flat. To try to fix all of that; the color balance, the color saturation, the brightness, and the contrast, I'm going to click Auto Smart Fix. In just a moment, Auto Smart Fix has analyzed my photo, and done its best to correct those problems. I think it's done a pretty good job.

Now there are some other options to look at in the Fix pane. There is Auto Color which will concentrate on fixing a color cast in an image. It doesn't really address contrast. Then there is Auto Levels which will increase contrast by making the darkest tones as dark as possible and the lightest areas as light as possible and expanding the Tonal Range between those two extremes. But Auto Levels can sometimes cause a color shift, so there is Auto Contrast. Auto contrast does the same thing as Auto Levels in terms of increasing contrast.

But unlike Auto Levels, Auto Contrast does that with as little effect as possible on color. But I'm not going to apply any of those three options, because I like the result that I have here with Auto Smart Fix. Some of the other options here aren't really relevant to this photo. Auto Red Eye Fix will attempt to fix the red glow that you sometime see in a person's eyes when you take a photo of them with on-camera flash. Crop can be used to trim away some of the edges of an image, changing its shape. I'll show you how to crop in a separate movie in this course.

Now, let's say that I wanted to do some more advanced editing on the photo in another program; if I click on Edit Photos, that will launch the Elements Editor opening the photo in its full edit workspace, or if I had another imaging program on my computer like Photoshop CS5, or Fireworks, or Illustrator, clicking the More Options button here and then choosing to edit the photo with an External Editor would allow me to set up one of those programs as an external editor and open the photo there. But I'm satisfied with the change that Auto Smart Fix made to this photo.

So there is only one other option that I'm going to apply here and that's Auto Sharpen. Almost every digital photo will benefit by sharpening at the end of the correction workflow. To sharpen this image, I'll just click once on Auto Sharpen which figures out where the edges of objects are in the photo and makes them a little sharper. Now that I'm done applying Photo Fix options to the photo, I don't have to bother saving these corrections, Elements has automatically saved an edited copy of the image for me without writing over the original. To show you that, I'm going to back off on the Size slider a little bit, and notice that the photo that I was working on, has a new name; it's called thistle-1_edited-2.

You remember that the original name of this image was thistle-1.jpg. Elements has not only made a copy of the original photo, it's also put this edited version and the original version together in a group called a Version Set. This icon at the top right indicates that this is a Version Set as does this Arrow on the right here. If I click this Arrow, the Version Set expands and here on the right, I can see the original photo thistle-1.jpg before I applied any changes. Over here is a copy of the photo with the changes that I applied in the Photo Fix options.

Now, let's say that I decide that I don't like the way that Auto Smart Fix change the image. If I tried to use the Undo command after applying Auto Smart Fix, I would have gotten a message that Elements couldn't undo that action. So here is a workaround if I don't like the changes that I've made in the Photo Fix options. After expanding the Version Set, I'm going to right-click, that's Ctrl+Click with a one button mouse on either of the two images in the Version Set. In the menu that appears, I'll go down to Version Set and over here to the commands that allow me to manage a Version Set and from them, I'm going to choose Revert to Original.

What Elements is telling me is that it's going to delete the edited copy from the Version Set and it also asks if I want to delete that edited copy from the hard-disk. I'm going to leave that unchecked for now, and just click OK. So now here in my catalog, the only image of those two that I have left is the original; thistle-1.jpg. The edited copy is no longer part of my Organizer catalog. If I wanted to try one of the other Photo Fix options, I could. So with this photo selected, I could come over to Photo Fix options and I could try Auto Contrast.

I think that does a pretty nice job on this image too. If I click the arrow, you'll see that I have a new Version Set that contains the original image on the right and the version that I just edited with Auto Contrast on the left. One last thing, and that is, what happens if I try to apply a Quick Fix to a RAW file? A RAW file unlike a JPEG is just data from my camera sensor. Normally, I would have to open a RAW file into the Adobe Camera RAW converter that comes with Elements to convert the RAW data to a format that can be read by Elements or that could be printed.

But that all woks a little differently here in the Organizer when I'm applying Photo Fix options. I'm going to scroll down here where I have this vertical image which happens to be a RAW file. This is a RAW file from my Nikon digital camera and it's identified by the NEF suffix at the end of its file name. Different camera brands produce different flavors of RAW files with different suffixes. Now, let's say I want to apply a Photo Fix option to this file. I'll click on the Thumbnail to select it, and then I'll go over to the Photo Fix options and I'll try applying Auto Smart Fix by clicking on it.

This is basically saying that if I apply one of the Photo Fix options like Auto Smart Fix, the edited version of the file will be written in a format other than a RAW file, and I can choose that format. I can choose between JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and Photoshop file or PSD file. I'll leave this set to JPEG for now and I'll click OK. Then my Auto Smart Fix option is being applied to the selected RAW file. This may take some time because a RAW file is pretty big. Now, you can see that Auto Smart Fix has been applied to the RAW file and the resulting edited version has been automatically saved in the JPEG format and it's been included in a Version Set which I can open by clicking this arrow, and here on the right is my original unedited RAW file and on the left is the corrected JPEG version that Photo Fix made for me.

So if you're an Elements beginner, or if you have some snapshots that you want to quickly correct without getting into the nuances of the Editor workspaces, remember that there are these simple Photo Fix options right here in the Organizer, and that they're the quickest and easiest way to correct a photo in Elements.

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