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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
The color controls in the Quick Photo Edit workspace can help you quickly remove a color cast, correct color balance and adjust color saturation and hue. The color controls are located in the Color and the Balance sections of the Quick Photo Edit controls. There is an Auto Color button in the title bar of the Color section that's useful for removing a color cast, like the blue color cast in this photo. A color cast comes from the light in which a photo is taken. I am going to click the Auto Color button here and that automatically neutralized the blue color cast in this photo so we can this wider range of colors.
I am going to switch to another photo to show you what the color saturation slider does. I'll double-click this photo thumbnail in the Project Bin, to open this photo for editing in the document window. This photo, like many, could benefit from a little extra color punch. The intensity of the cool blue of the water next to the warmth of the orange walls, were what drew me to photograph this scene. But I'm not seeing that richness of color in this shot as it's processed now. So I'll go over to the Color section and I will click on the Saturation slider and drag it to the right, and as I do, all of the colors in the image are becoming more intense.
If I drag the Saturation slider in the other direction to the left, the colors would become desaturated. I have to accept or reject this change. I am going to click the check mark to accept it. There's another slider here, the Hue slider, which you can use to change all the colors in the photo to a different part of the spectrum. For example, if I drag the Hue slider over to the right, you can see that all the colors become more yellow, and if I drag the Hue slider to the left they become more red. I will put this back at zero, because I want to show you a special trick for applying the Hue change to just part of a photo, and in fact you can do this with any of the sliders in the Quick Photo Edit controls.
First, I'm going to select the part of the photo that I want to change by going over to the toolbox on the left and getting the Quick Selection tool. I will move into the image, and I'm going to click and drag over just the water in this photo. I have selected a little more than the water, so I want to subtract this area from the selection. To do that I'll go up to the Options bar for the selected tool and I will click on the Subtract from selection icon here, and then I will click and drag over the boat in this photo to remove it from the selected area.
If you're having trouble selecting, it may be that your brush tip is too large, in which case press the left bracket key on your keyboard a few times to make the brush tip smaller. So now I have a selection of just the water. And when I go over to the Hue slider and drag, this adjustment affects only the water. So I'll make the water little greenish blue by dragging to the right, and then I will click the check mark to accept that change. To remove this selection boundary, I will go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Deselect.
And as I said, that same quick selection technique would work to limit any of the adjustments in the Quick Photo Edit workspace. I am going to open one more image to show you the controls in the Color Balance section of Quick Photo Edit. Depending on the color temperature of the light in which photo was taken, the photo may tend toward blue or gold. In this case the color balance is tending toward blue. To change that balance I can drag the Temperature slider in the Balance section over to the right toward the warm colors on the slider.
And as you can see, that warms up the photo, adding more gold rather than blue. There's another slider here that can take a photo that may be too green or too magenta and send that in the opposite direction. So if I wanted to add some magenta here I would drag slightly to the right. If I wanted to add some green I would drag to the left. I am going to put the Tint slider right back in the middle, and click the check mark to accept the change that I made to the Temperature slider. As you have seen, there's a lot you can do to improve and customize color in your photographs using the Auto Color button, the Saturation slider, the Hue slider and the Temperature and Tint Color Balance sliders in the Quick Photo Edit workspace.
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