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Auto fixes

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Auto fixes

When photos don't turn out quite the way you would like them to, some editing or fixing may be required. Although Photoshop Elements 10 has some powerful editing features. You may be able to fix some common problems using the Photo Fix options found directly inside of the Elements 10 Organizer. Let me show you what I mean. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. I'm going to scroll down in my Media browser, to find a photo that can use some editing. And I think I'll use this one here. It's called IMG_3850.jpg. And I'm going to double-click on it, to show you what the problem is. And you can see that even though I have a nice exposure up here at the top, down here at the bottom it's a bit under exposed.

Auto fixes

When photos don't turn out quite the way you would like them to, some editing or fixing may be required. Although Photoshop Elements 10 has some powerful editing features. You may be able to fix some common problems using the Photo Fix options found directly inside of the Elements 10 Organizer. Let me show you what I mean. I'm beginning this video with the Elements 10 Organizer already open on my computer. I'm going to scroll down in my Media browser, to find a photo that can use some editing. And I think I'll use this one here. It's called IMG_3850.jpg. And I'm going to double-click on it, to show you what the problem is. And you can see that even though I have a nice exposure up here at the top, down here at the bottom it's a bit under exposed.

And I really am not getting the depth that I would like in this photo. So, I'm going to come up here to the top and just click in the middle of the Thumbnail slider to go back to our Thumbnail View. And what I'd like to do is, apply a basic photo fix to this. So, to do so, I'm going to come over here to my panel bin. And I'm going to click on the Fix tab at the top. And you can see, that the Elements 10 Organizer, provides us with the range of auto correction options. Now, there are several options for you to choose from, but the first option, is what's called Auto Smart Fix.

This is a good choice when you have an image, and you're really not sure what the problem is, but you know it's not a very good image. Auto Smart Fix will try to apply several adjustments, including colors, shadows and highlights, to the image to make it look better. So, what I'm going to do is with this photo selected, I'm going to click on the Auto Smart Fix button. It's going to analyze the image and then automatically apply a Smart Fix to it. Now, I should also point out that when you apply any of these Smart fixes, it automatically creates a stack.

As you can see by the icon on the right hand side here. So, if I click that button, it's going to open up both images. And the reason that there's two is because I have one. If you'll take note to the file name, that is appended with edited. And that basically tells me that, when I applied this Auto Fix over here to the right, it left the original untouched. Just in case the modification that we made is not what we were looking for. So what we can do is, we can double-click on this image. And if you take a look at this, we can see that it's much improved compared to the first one that we had.

We can actually go back to that image if we hit our Right Arrow key on our keyboard. We can compare the original, and then if we hit the Left Arrow key on our keyboard, we can compare the fixed version. So, once again, it did a pretty good job. Now, there will be cases when it doesn't do as well of a job as we would like it to. Let me show you an example. We'll click on our Thumbnail slider. I'm going to scroll all the way to the top. And I'm going to select this first image here. It's called DSCN0227, and if I double click on this we can see that this is an image of my daughter and I. And we have the dreaded red-eye.

And we see this quite often when a flash is used on the camera. And it's really an indicator that the flash is going directly into a persons eye. And we often get this red-eye effect. So if you look over here, we do have an Auto Red Eye fix. So I'm going to try that. Let's click on Auto Red Eye fix. It's going to apply that to our image. And it tells us that it been completed. I'll click OK. If we look down here in the lower left corner. We can see that this is the edited version. You can see, it appends the word edited, and then a number to it.

And it looks like it fixed my right eye. But my left eye still has it, and both of my daughters' eyes still have this red-eye effect. So as you can see, there are times when it does a very good job. And there are times when we have to kind of push the limits a little bit. And maybe use a more intense editing process. So I'm going to go back to Thumbnail view. And I really don't want that image it created. So what I'll do is expand my stack and I'll click on the edited version. And then I'll Right-click or Ctrl+Click with my mouse and choose Delete from catalogue.

And because I really don't want it from here moving forward, I'll also choose Delete Selected item from the hard disk as well. Click OK and now that edited version has been removed. You can see there are several Auto options available. But what I'm going to do is I'm going to scroll down a little bit further. And we're going to select another one. Here is an image. We'll Double-click on it. It's called img_4011. This image really lacks contrast. It's very flat and we really don't have much contrast in this image. So being that I already know that, I think I'm going to try the Auto Contrast option.

So up here I'll click on the Auto Contrast button. It'll analyze it and we can see that it applied a contrast adjustment to this image. If I hit the Left Arrow key on my keyboard or the Right Arrow key you can compare the two. Now what we need to do actually before we do that is expand our stack so we click this button here. Now if we click the Left and Right Arrow keys on our keyboard. We can compare the original, to the edited version.

So even though it's not perfect, it definitely is an improvement on what we originally had. So I'll go ahead and collapse that stack, and we'll go ahead and return to our Thumbnail View. As you can see, there's a lot that can be done directly inside of the Elements 10 Organizer, that is fast and effective. This is a great first round of tenth at fixing your photos and will often do an excellent job.

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