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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.
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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