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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 Photoshop.com 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.
It's sometimes difficult to reproduce skin tones accurately in a photograph, for example, although it is a good idea to shoot a portrait in the shade so that you get a full range of tones in the faces, you might end up with bluish skin tones as in this photo. When you are working in Elements' Full Edit workspace, the most direct way to correct a problem like this is with the Adjust Color for Skin Tone command. I'm working on this photo of Kate and Coby from the 09_07 subfolder of the Chapter 09 Exercise Files folder. I think that at least on the right side of this photo, there is kind of a bluish cast in the skin tones. So I would like to adjust those and I'm going to go to the Enhance menu at the top of the screen and from there I'm going to choose Adjust Color, and then I'm going down to Adjust Color for Skin Tone, perfect for portraits.
I'm going to move that down so you can see the photo. This is the kind of dialog box that makes me really appreciate Elements, because it tells you exactly what to do, as it says, Click on any person's skin. Well, let's see what happens. I'm going to click on the boy's skin and right away, the skin tones in the image change. They become a lot less blue and more golden, but I don't have to stop here with this automatic result. This particular dialog box offers me some sliders that give me some control over the results.
As you can see there are three sliders here. The first two sliders target colors that are typically found in skin like tan colors and blush colors. So if I think the automatic result gave me too much yellow in the skin tones, I might take that Tan slider and drag it over to the left. If I want a little more of e rosy color in the skin tones, I'll take the Blush slider and I'll move it over to the right. The slider on the bottom, the Ambient Light slider, adjusts the overall color temperature of the entire photo from gold, if I drag to the right, to blue if a drag to the left.
Now that is way too much, so we are just going to come back to right until the photo looks good. If I need to reset all the sliders I can do that from the Reset button and if I want to compare my results to the original photo, I can uncheck the Preview check box. That's where we started and that's where we ended up. So if you shoot lots of portraits, give this command a try to fix the skin tones in your photos.
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