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Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer

Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Tau… Show More

Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer

Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Jan Kabili as part of the Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
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  1. 9m 22s
    1. Welcome
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 29s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 34m 58s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 31s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 51s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 55s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 0s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 26s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 55s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 37s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 55s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 47s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 19s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 18s
    1. Signing up for
      3m 34s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from
      3m 16s
  17. 35s
    1. Goodbye

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Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
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Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Jan Kabili as part of the Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on
Photoshop Elements Elements

Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer

Elements 7 offers four different areas in which to edit your photos. The main difference between these editing features is the level of automation that each one offers. The simplest and the most automatic of all is the Fix panel here in the Organizer. This is the only one of the editing spaces that's located inside the Organizer; the others are in the Editor workspace. The Fix panel contains a handful of one click auto functions that are designed to fix the most common photo problems like color and contrast and sharpening.

The location of this panel in the Organizer and its automatic nature, make it the perfect place to go if you are new to Elements or when you are dealing with snapshots or you are in a hurry and you just want to quickly improve the look of a photo without using manual controls. Let's see how it works. I'm working in the 05_01-fix sub-folder in the Chapter 05 Exercise Files folder and I have clicked on orchid.jpg to select that photo. I'm going to collapse the folder location column here by dragging it to the left and then I'm going to zoom in on this photo, so that we can see it better. Then I'll go over to the Fix tab in the Task panel on the right and I'm going to try the very first fix here, Auto Smart Fix.

In just the blink of an eye, Auto Smart Fix has analyzed the color and tones in this photo and it has adjusted it in terms of brightness, contrast and color, all in one step. By the way when I talk about contrast, I mean the degree of difference between the lightest tones in an image and the darkest tones. If you like these results, you don't even have to worry about saving them because the Fix feature automatically saves the edited version of your photo, let me show you. Notice that this photo now has a blue icon on the top-right and this indicates that it is a part of a Version Set. Version Set means a collection of different versions of this photo, so we have an original version and we have an edited version here. Notice also there is now a gray box around the entire photo, another indicator that it is part of a Version Set.

I'm now going to zoom out a bit, so we can see that better and then I'm going to go to the right side of that gray box and click the arrow and that expands the Version Set and shows me the edited version on the left and the original version on the right. The edited version has been automatically saved into this Version Set, so you don't have to bother saving manually. I happen to have the file name feature enabled, so I can also see that the edited file has a different name from the original file. Now if you don't like the result, all you have to do is undo and for that I'm going to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choosing Undo Auto Smart Fix. You will use the Undo command a lot in Elements, so it's worth memorizing its shortcut, which is Ctrl+Z.

That eliminated the edited version of the file, so we only have the original in the Photo Browser. Let's try another of the buttons in the Fix panel, we will try Auto Color and Elements automatically tries to neutralize any color cast in the photo. This particular photo doesn't have much of a color cast, so you don't see much of a change. Typically a color cast is something like a greenish cast that comes from fluorescent lights in a room or perhaps a bluish casts on something like white snow under a bright sky. But here we don't really have a color cast problem, so Auto Color hasn't done much and so we are just going to undo that change, by pressing the Ctrl key on the keyboard with the Z key.

Now we will go on and try Auto Levels. I'm going to click Auto Levels and you can quickly see this change. And if I want to compare to the original photo, again I'll go to the Version Set and click the arrow on the right side of the photo there to see the difference between the edited version with Auto Levels applied and the original. I really like this change; I think this is a good change. What Auto Levels has done, is adjust the contrast in this photo, expanding the range of tones by making the whites whiter, the darks darker and spreading out the midtones in between.

Level sometimes has an effect on color too, so sometimes it may be preferable to use Auto Contrast here instead of Auto Levels, which does almost the same thing except for it has no effect on color. I'm going to skip showing you Auto Sharpen right now because sharpening is usually the last thing that you do in your photo workflow because of the results of sharpening vary depending on what other edits you have applied to a photo. We will skip Auto Red Eye Fix too because there aren't any eyes in this photo and what this control is for is fixing the red glow that you sometimes see in peoples' eyes when you take their photo with a flash and we will be looking at Red Eye Fix in another movie. Now let's take a look at the Crop tool.

I would like to crop the adjusted version of this photo, so I'm going to make sure that that one is selected here in the Photo Browser and then I'll press Crop. In the Crop Photo dialog box you see a bounding box that defines the area that will be the cropped photo. You can just click and drag on anyone of these anchor points to change the location and size of this bounding box or you can go over to the Aspect Ration menu and choose to constrain the proportions of the bounding box. If you go down to the bottom of that menu, you see that you can choose a Custom Ratio. I'm going to do that and that allows me to type in my own ratios. So I would like this bounding box to be 3 units by 2 units and I say units because it's not necessarily inches or pixels, it's just a ratio. Then I'll come over and click in the photo and that adjusts that bounding box to the 3 by 2 ratio.

Now I can move that bounding box wherever I want it by clicking and dragging in the center and I can adjust the size of the box retaining that 3 by 2 ratio. When I'm done, I click the green check mark here and that crops the photo. In this dialog box we have nice feature the, View menu. I can choose from there to view either the Before photo, the original, the After photo, which is the cropped photo, or both to compare them.

Let's try that and now you can see the original on the left and the cropped photo on the right. I'm going to accept this crop, so I'm just going to click OK at the bottom. Now the edited version not only has the Auto Levels feature applied to it but also the Crop and the last thing I would do here, is to Sharpen the photo. So I'll make sure that the edited version is selected in the Photo Browser, go over to Auto Sharpen and in the blink of an eye that photo has been sharpened. There is one last feature to show you here and that's at the bottom of the Fix panel where you see these three buttons, Quick Fix, Full Edit and Guided Edit.

These are jumps to other editing areas in Elements, these are the three editing spaces that are in the Elements Editor and we will be looking at each of these in details in other movies. And finally there is a button that says More Options and if you click that, you have a button that allows you to edit your photo in another program if you wish. Clicking there opens the Preferences dialog box where you can customize which external editing application you are going to use. So if you have Adobe Photoshop or may be Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Fireworks or some other digital imaging program, you can specify that program on your computer as the external editor.

I'm going to cancel out of there and that completes our tour of the first of the editing workspaces in Elements, the Fix panel in the Organizer. You can see that the auto controls here are a real time saver. They may give you a result you like but there is no guarantee of that and there is no real way for you to control the outcome. So if you want more control over your photo edits or if you don't like the results that you are getting here, use one of the other editing features, Quick Fix, Guided Edit or Full Edit. That's what we will learn to do next.

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