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Applying one-click adjustments in Photo Fix

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Video: Applying one-click adjustments in Photo Fix

The Photo Fix panel in the Organizer offers some one click automatic photo adjustments for color and for lighting including contrast, color, levels, and smart fix. If you're looking for an instant fix while you're managing photos in the Organizer, these can be handy. The advantage of these options is that they're simple and quick to apply. But, the disadvantage is that they're automatic, so you don't have much control over the outcome. Let's take a look at those options. I'll start by zooming in on this image to single image view by double-clicking the thumbnail. At this size, I can really see that this image is kind of flat and gray looking.

Applying one-click adjustments in Photo Fix

The Photo Fix panel in the Organizer offers some one click automatic photo adjustments for color and for lighting including contrast, color, levels, and smart fix. If you're looking for an instant fix while you're managing photos in the Organizer, these can be handy. The advantage of these options is that they're simple and quick to apply. But, the disadvantage is that they're automatic, so you don't have much control over the outcome. Let's take a look at those options. I'll start by zooming in on this image to single image view by double-clicking the thumbnail. At this size, I can really see that this image is kind of flat and gray looking.

It looks to me like it needs more contrast. So I'm going to start by clicking the Contrast icon over here in the Photo Fix Options. And that did make a slight change. Clicking a Photo Fix icon like Contrast does several things. It makes a copy of the original thumbnail and changes the appearance of the copy as we just saw, but it doesn't affect the original. And then it puts the copy together with the original thumbnail in what's called a version set, which is a stacked group of thumbnails. So, if I go back to Grid View by double -clicking on this image again, I still see just the corrected image.

But, if I click this right-facing arrow, that will expand the version set; the grouping that the Organizer made of the corrected photo on the left and the original photo on the right. And now when I see them together, I really can see that contrast did make a difference to the photo on the left. By the way, you can tell which is the corrected photo because it's the one with the Brush icon at the top-right corner, and Elements automatically appends the word "edited" to the filename of the corrected version. And notice that I didn't have to save anything. When you use the Photo Fix Options, the Organizer automatically saves that copy for you.

You can apply more than one Photo Fix Option to the same photo. So, after I've made a photo look the way I wanted, I'll often sharpen it. To really see sharpening, I need to be zoomed in. So I'm going to double-click the corrected photo to zoom into single image view again, and then I'll apply sharpening by just clicking the Sharpen icon here. And that does sharpen the image a bit. If I want more sharpening, I can click the Sharpen icon again, because Photo Fix Options are cumulative. Now, what if I want to undo some of those steps? That's done from the Task pane at the bottom of the Organizer.

Over on the left side of the Task pane is the Undo button. If I hover over that, the Organizer tells me what I'm going to undo. So I'm going to undo the last step Auto Sharpen when I click once here, then I'll move off and then back on that icon, and now I'm going to undo that first Auto Sharpen, off and then back on, and this time I'm undoing the Auto Contrast. Since that was the first adjustment I applied, that just flipped me back to the Grid View, and now I don't have the version set, I just have the original. Let's take a quick look at some of the other Photo Fix Options that effect lighting or tone and color.

One of those is Levels. I'll double-click the thumbnail again to go to single image view and then I'm going to click the Levels icon. What levels does is try to increase the contrast, but it sometimes has an effect on color unlike the Contrast option. In this case, I think it's added a little bit of a blue tint. It's hard to see unless we compare the original so, I'm going to double-click to go back to Grid View and open the new version set, and I'll zoom in a little so you can see that better. So, here's the original on the right, and here's the version to which I applied Levels which is more contrasty but also has a change in color.

I'll undo that by clicking the Undo button, and now let's take a look at what the Color option does. Again, I'll double-click, and then I'll click the Color option. Color automatically tries to improve both the color, and the contrast. But, I really don't like what it's done with the color here. Double-click again to go back, and open the version set, and you can see that the corrected version is a lot duller. So again, I'll undo. And finally, I'm going to try applying Smart Fix. So, I'll double-click to zoom in, and I'll click the Smart Fix icon. The tool-tip tells us that Smart Fix tries to improve the colors, the shadows, and the highlights.

In other words, it's dark and the light areas of the photo as well as the color. And sometimes, Smart Fix is all you need; let's apply it and see how it does in this case. Again, I'll go back by double-clicking to Grid View, I'll expand the version set, and in this case again, I've got a kind of blue or greenish cast in the corrected version, the one to which I applied Smart Fix. So, I'm going to undo one more time. I think the best fix in this case was contrast. So back, I go to the Contrast icon, I'll click it, and when I expand the version set to compare to the original, I really am happiest with this change, and that's all I have to do.

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Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

39 video lessons · 6464 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 9m 19s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. What is Elements?
      2m 36s
    3. Getting acquainted with Elements workspaces
      5m 45s
  2. 19m 37s
    1. Working with catalogs
      4m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      3m 41s
    3. Importing photos from your computer
      2m 49s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      4m 50s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      3m 55s
  3. 11m 9s
    1. Cropping in Photo Fix
      4m 52s
    2. Applying one-click adjustments in Photo Fix
      4m 27s
    3. Fixing red-eye in Photo Fix
      1m 50s
  4. 27m 6s
    1. Working in Quick Edit
      6m 8s
    2. Adjusting lighting
      3m 41s
    3. Adjusting color
      4m 4s
    4. Making selective adjustments
      4m 33s
    5. Retouching with the Healing Brush tools
      4m 53s
    6. Saving edited images
      3m 47s
  5. 8m 46s
    1. Working in Guided Edit
      2m 56s
    2. Correcting skin tones in Guided Edit
      2m 44s
    3. Applying a vignette in Guided Edit
      3m 6s
  6. 32m 46s
    1. Touring the Expert Edit interface
      4m 49s
    2. Working with layers
      8m 55s
    3. Working with selections
      6m 18s
    4. Improving photos with adjustment layers
      5m 37s
    5. Editing automatically with actions
      2m 34s
    6. Adding text
      4m 33s
  7. 36m 37s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      4m 30s
    2. Managing files and folders
      4m 35s
    3. Organizing using People
      8m 43s
    4. Organizing using Places
      5m 1s
    5. Organizing using Events
      3m 28s
    6. Keyword tagging
      4m 12s
    7. Grouping photos into albums
      6m 8s
  8. 10m 1s
    1. Making a photo creation
      7m 39s
    2. Outputting a photo creation
      2m 22s
  9. 11m 6s
    1. Sending photos by email
      4m 49s
    2. Sharing photos to Facebook
      3m 9s
    3. Exporting photos
      3m 8s
  10. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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