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Life moves fast, and you can't just press "pause" to get the exact photo you want. Nor is it easy to find a lot of time to fix images after the fact. In this workshop author and expert Tim Grey shows you how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to make a big impact on your digital photographs in a short time. After getting a quick overview of the Elements interface, learn how to fix problems with lighting, color, noise, and red eye. If you like, you can then move on to explore more advanced techniques like removing unwanted objects from an image, replacing the background, reducing depth of field, and more. This course teaches all the skills you need to create images with staying power.
As the name implies, the Elements Organizer is really focused on helping you organize your images. However, it's also possible to apply some basic adjustments to your images while you're still in the organizer without sending your images into the Elements Editor. Let's take a look at just how easy it is to apply these basic adjustments. I've selected an image here that I'd like to optimize just a little bit, it lacks contrast, and so I'd like to boost the contrast a little. The first thing I'm going to do is double click on the image, so that I can view it in a larger size, and this will make it easier to evaluate the results, for example.
Next, instead of working on the Organize tab up at the top right, I'm going to switch to the Fix tab. The Fix tab contains a variety of options, including options to edit the photo which would take the image over to the Elements Editor. But I have some very basic adjustments available with just the click of the mouse button. For example, in this case, the image could use a little contrast so I can click the Auto Contrast button and the image will be adjusted. And you can see in this case, I've gotten a much brighter, much more contrasty image, it looks much, much better than the original.
What's actually happened here is that the elements organizer has made a copy of the image so this adjustment was completely nondestructive. I'll go ahead and double-click on the image to get back to thumbnail view. You'll notice that it says Version Set with the thumbnail and then I have this button pointing to the right. If I click on that button, I can see all of the images in that Version Set. So I have my original untouched image, as well as a copy of the image that has the automatic adjustment applied.
So the Elements Organizer makes it remarkably easy to apply basic adjustments to my images. And the best part is, those adjustments are completely nondestructive. So if I ever decide that I need to get back to my original image, I can do that via the Version Set. Of course, in most cases, presumably the final version's going to be the best, and so you could just keep that Version Set collapsed so that you're only seeing the topmost image, in this case the adjusted image, which has much better contrast.
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