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Applying instant photo fixes

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Applying instant photo fixes

Most of the editing that you'll do to photos in Elements will be in the Editor, a separate part of the program from the Organizer. But the Organizer does offer some one- click solutions for common photo problems. They're called Instant Fix Photo Fix options. You can access those here in Media view by going to the taskbar and clicking Instant Fix. That opens the Photo Fix Options here. Most of these buttons are one-click fixes. So for example, here I have a photo that looks a little dull; the color isn't right and neither is the exposure.

Applying instant photo fixes

Most of the editing that you'll do to photos in Elements will be in the Editor, a separate part of the program from the Organizer. But the Organizer does offer some one- click solutions for common photo problems. They're called Instant Fix Photo Fix options. You can access those here in Media view by going to the taskbar and clicking Instant Fix. That opens the Photo Fix Options here. Most of these buttons are one-click fixes. So for example, here I have a photo that looks a little dull; the color isn't right and neither is the exposure.

I'll select this image and then I'll come over to the Photo Fix Options, and I'll just try different options. Let's see what Contrast does to this photo. And that, I think, looks a lot better. Now actually, several things have happened here. When you apply a Photo Fix Option like this, Elements makes a copy of the original photo and it fixes the copy; then it automatically saves the fixed copy back to the same location as the original and it doesn't overwrite the original. The original is still here and it's together with the saved copy in what's called a Version Set.

A Version Set is a kind of a stack. So if I click this arrow, that will expand the Version Set that was automatically made for me when I applied that Photo Fix Option. Here is the original photo, it looks kind of dull; and here is the photo with the Contrast adjustment. And I have access to both of these photos here in my Organizer. I'm going to undo that change by going down to the taskbar and clicking the Undo button because I want to try out some of these other options on this image. Let's see what the Color Photo Fix does.

Now it did changed the color of the image. If I click this arrow to expand the Version Set, you can see that the adjusted image is slightly different in color than the original, but I really don't like what it's done. It's just too green or cool. So, again, I'll Undo, and I'll try Levels. Now Levels will try to improve the entire Tonal Range, the Exposure, as well as the Contrast. I'll expand this Version Set and you can see that the copy over here with the levels adjustment does look better than the original.

Sometimes, Levels will introduce a little bit of a color cast and when you have that problem, then you're better off with Contrast, which also effects the Tonal Levels but tries to do that without changing color. In this case, I think Levels does a good job, but I'm going to Undo one more time to try another option here, Smart Fix. Now, Smart Fix tries to fix everything at once: Color Balance, Color Saturation, Exposure, and Contrast. Let's give a try on this image.

I'll expand this Version Set to compare the adjusted Smart Fix version over here with original. It's better, but I don't think it's as good as the Levels choice. So one more time, I'll click Undo and I'll come in, and I'll again apply Levels. I'll expand the Version Set, and here is the adjusted copy; here is the original. So, I'm happy with the adjusted copy. Now, there are a couple other things that I could do to the adjusted copy. I'll select it and I could apply a Crop.

Now, this is the one Photo Fix Option that is not a one-click option. If I click Crop, that opens the photo here in the Crop window, and I can set my bounding box to surround the area that I want to remain in the photo after the cropping takes place. So, maybe I'll set it like that. Now, if I need a specific aspect ratio of width to height with that crop, I can come to this menu and make a choice from the menu. I'll just leave it at No Restriction. Now, before I commit this crop, if I want to see what it looks like, I can click this Preview button.

I think that result is okay. If I didn't like it, I would click Reset and then I would adjust my Crop boundary. Again, Preview; and if I like the result, I'll click Done. So, there is a cropped version of the photo. There's one more thing that I usually do to a photo before I'm finished with it and that is to sharpen it. Even if a photo doesn't look like it needs sharpening, it probably will improve with some sharpening. I'm going to double-click the photo to enlarge it to Single Photo view, and then I'll click Sharpen.

I can sharpen more than once if I think it needs more sharpening. So those are the kinds of changes that you can quickly make using the Photo Fix Options here in the Organizer, all accessible by clicking Instant Fix in the taskbar at the bottom of Media view.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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