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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
At the bottom of the toolbar are a trio of tools that are like darkroom tools that you can use to paint in lighting and saturation effects in small areas of an image. These are the Sponge tool for saturating and desaturating, the Dodge tool for making small areas lighter, and the Burn tool for making small areas darker. I am going to start with the Burn tool selecting it from this flyout menu. In the Options bar for the Burn tool, I can select the range of tones that will be affected. I'll leave this set to Midtones, but I also have the choice of Shadows or Highlights.
I can also control the strength of this tool from the Exposure menu here. I'll leave that at its default of 50%, and I am going to come into the image, I want to darken the sign a little bit, so I'll just click-and-drag over the sign. The Dodge tool does the opposite. It makes small areas lighter. I am going to go back to the Burn tool and from its flyout menu I'll select the Dodge tool. In the Options bar for that Dodge tool, I'll go to the range area and this time I'm going to select Highlights, so that I'm making highlights brighter.
Then I'll come over to the balloons, and I will click-and-drag to lighten some of the highlights there. The Saturation tool can be used to increase the intensity of color. I'll go over to the toolbar again, and from the same flyout menu, I am going to choose Sponge tool. Now here it's important to look at the Options bar and make sure that the mode is set to Saturate, if that's what you want to do, or Desaturate, if that's what you want to do. In this case, I want to saturate, so I'll choose that option, and I'm going to click-and-drag it over the flag to make its colors brighter, to draw some attention to that area of the image.
So that's a quick look at the trio of darkroom tools in the toolbar that you can use to make subtle changes to the lighting and saturation of color in your images.
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