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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili explores what you need to know to start using Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 to edit, organize, and share your photos.
The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
The Guided Edit workspace in the Editor has a number of Guided Edit techniques that will help you to correct common problems in photos; one of those problems is getting the color of skin just right in a portrait. Here for example I have a portrait that I like, but I think the skin is too red. So I'm going to use the correct skin tones Guided Edit to try to fix that. I select the photo in the Organizer and I click Editor. At the top of the Editor I'll make sure that I'm in Guided Edit Mode. Over on the right I see the categories of Guided Edits. The categories are currently collapsed if I want to open one, I'll click the arrow to the right of it.
So I am going to expand the Touchups category of Guided Edits and here is the Correct Skin Tones Guided Edit. I'll click on that and that changes the column on the right to offer instructions and tools that walk me through correcting skin tones. There is even an example here at top of the column and the instruction says to roll over this example to see what the example look like before applying Correct Skin Tones and what it looks like after, definitely an improvement. Here's an explanation of what the Skin Tone Adjustment can do and down here is the first instruction to click on a person's skin in the photo, using the Skin Tone Picker which is this tool right here.
The photo will be adjusted based on this point meaning that it matters exactly where I click on the photo. So I am going to come in and click on a really red part of the photo right here and you can see a change in the color right away. I think that result is way too yellow, so I am going to go up to the Reset Panel button at the top of the Guided Edit Column and click and that resets the photo to the original color. It also collapsed the Photo Bin at the bottom of the screen and zoomed in on the photo. So I am going to up here and just zoom back to 100%.
You can do this as many times as you want getting a different result each time you Reset and click somewhere. So let me try a less red part of the face and that's a better starting point I think. Now I'll do what the next instruction says, Use the sliders to further refine the colors. So these sliders just change the color a bit. I can try the Tan slider maybe dragging that to the left to bring back a little bit of red, and there's also a Blush slider, try dragging that to the right. I like that result a little better. The Light slider changes the overall color balance from cooler tones if I go to left, to warmer tones, if I go to the right.
So I will take that somewhere around here. When I get a result that I'm happy with I'll click Done, and that closes the Correct Skin Tones Guided Edit and takes me back to the list of Guided Edits. I still have one more step and that is to Save and Close the image which I can do from the File menu or I can just click the X to begin the process of closing and saving. Which is just like the process, I showed you in the last chapter for the Quick Edit workspace.
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