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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
Let's take a look at how to apply corrections to a photo in the Quick Photo Edit workspace, using the controls on the right side of the workspace here in the Task Pane. There are three methods of applying corrections. There are one-click Auto buttons, that you see here and here and here, and hidden behind the small arrows to the right of each slider, there are photo thumbnails. The sliders and the photo thumbnails give you more control over the results than the Auto buttons. But the Auto buttons are quick and easy to use. So you can comfortably work in the Quick Photo Edit workspace, no matter what your current skill level.
To show you these three methods, I'm going to apply the Smart Fix correction to this photo. As you know from back in the chapter on the Photo Fix corrections, in the Organizer, Smart Fix is a great tool for the novice user or anyone who is in a hurry, because it tries to fix all common photo problems at once; brightness, contrast, color saturation and color balance. I can apply Smart Fix like many of the other corrections automatically, by just clicking this Auto button. And right away the photo looks better. If I want to undo an auto correction like this, I can either go up to the Undo button at the top of the screen and click that, or if I want to know exactly what I'm doing, I can go over to the Edit menu and choose Undo Auto Smart Fix or whatever the last step is that I've done.
I will click that and I'm back where I started. The second way to apply a correction is by moving the sliders. The sliders not only apply a correction, but they also let you control the amount of the correction. If I click on the Fix slider, for example, and I drag to the right, as I go, I'm applying a greater amount of the Smart Fix correction to this photo. When I use a slider to apply a correction, I have to either accept the correction or reject it. I'm going to click the X to reject this correction for now, so that I can show you the third way to apply a correction and that is using photo thumbnail previews.
This is a bit of a hidden feature, because it's accessed from these small arrows to the right of each slider. If I click this arrow, I get this grid of photo thumbnails. Each one represents a different amount of the SmartFix correction. And as I hover over a thumbnail, I can see a preview in the document window of what the photo will look like with this amount of the correction. So the way that I use this is just to hover over these different thumbnails, until I think the document looks good in the document window, and then I can either click and drag on the thumbnail to tweak it or I can just click right on the thumbnail and that applies that particular amount of correction to this photo.
And as you can see, that's automatically moved the ticker over on the slider. The thumbnail with the orange symbol represents the original photo, before I've corrected it using the photo thumbnails. When I'm done using the photo thumbnails, as with the sliders, I need to either accept or reject the correction using these small icons. I will click the check mark to accept this correction. After I make my corrections I often like to evaluate them, by comparing the corrected photo to the original. To do that, I will go down to the View menu underneath the document window, I will click there and I can choose to see a Before & After Horizontal or a Vertical view of the photo.
I will choose Before & After Horizontal. This is the original photo on the left with no corrections and my photo with the corrections I just added. To see the entire photo in both of these boxes, I will select the Zoom tool or the Hand tool and choose the Fit Screen option. Now I can get a real sense of how the corrections have affected the photo, as compared to the original. If I don't like the results, I can undo everything by going back over to the Task Pane, scrolling down to the bottom and clicking the Reset button, which will take me all the way back to the beginning, before I've applied any corrections to this photo.
If I do like the results, I'll save and close the photo, as I will show you how to do in a later movie in this chapter. Now that you have seen what the Quick Photo Edit workspace looks like, and you understand how to apply corrections here, it's time to dive in and take a closer look at how to solve common photo problems with specific controls in the Quick Photo Edit workspace.
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