Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Fixing lighting in Quick Edit

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Fixing lighting in Quick Edit

Many photos will look better with corrections to brightness and to contrast. You can fix lighting using controls in the Quick Photo Edit workspace. To do that, I'm starting in the Organizer where I'll select a couple of photos to correct. I'll click on one, I'll hold the Control key, that's the Command key on Mac, and click on the other, and then I'll go over to the Fix tab and click the arrow to its right, and I'll choose Quick Photo Edit. Here in the Quick Photo Edit workspace I'm going to start with a different photo. So I'll go down to the Project Bin and I'll double-click the photo of the rose.

Fixing lighting in Quick Edit

Many photos will look better with corrections to brightness and to contrast. You can fix lighting using controls in the Quick Photo Edit workspace. To do that, I'm starting in the Organizer where I'll select a couple of photos to correct. I'll click on one, I'll hold the Control key, that's the Command key on Mac, and click on the other, and then I'll go over to the Fix tab and click the arrow to its right, and I'll choose Quick Photo Edit. Here in the Quick Photo Edit workspace I'm going to start with a different photo. So I'll go down to the Project Bin and I'll double-click the photo of the rose.

My Quick Edit workspace is set up to show a Before view, the original photo, and an After View, a view of the photo with whatever changes I make in the controls on the right. Here in the Lighting section of the controls, I have a couple of Auto buttons, and then if I want more control over lighting, I can try using the sliders down here. On this photo, I am going to with the Auto buttons. I'll start by clicking the Auto Levels button, and that does change the appearance of the photo. There is more contrast in the rose, but I also see an increased color cast up here, and that's often what Levels does: it can shift the colors in a photo.

So I am going to undo the Auto Levels fix by clicking the Undo button at the top of the screen, and I am going to try the Auto Contrast button instead. I'll click that, and now I like the result better. I've increased the contrast a bit. You can see the shadows are darker and the highlights are lighter, but I haven't introduced a color cast. Sometimes the Auto Levels or Auto Contrast button won't give you the result that you want. In that case, you can try to adjust the shadows, the midtones, and the highlights in an image individually using these sliders.

To show you what I mean I'm going to open this other image by double-clicking it down here in the Project Bin. I'd like more room to work with this photo, so I am going to collapse the Project Bin by double-clicking its tab, and I'll make these windows bigger by going up to the toolbar, selecting the Zoom tool, and then clicking at the 1:1 button here in the Options Bar. First I'd like to brighten the darkest areas in this photo, so I'll go to the Shadows slider, and I'll drag that over to the right. And as I do, notice that the tower is getting brighter, but the highlights in the image, particularly in the clouds, didn't really change.

I'd also like to get more detail in the highlight areas, so I'm going to go to the Highlights slider, and I'm going to drag that to the right, darkening the brightest parts of the image. Finally, I might want to increase the contrast in the midtones a bit, so I'll take the Midtones slider, and I'll drag that slightly to the right. I am happy with that result. So now I'll go back up to the top of the Lighting section, and I'll click this check mark to confirm this edit. Then I'll scroll all the way down to the bottom, and I'll add a final touch from the Sharpness section, which is to sharpen this image. Almost every image can benefit from a little sharpening at the end, so I'll click the Auto button, and there is the final result.

As I explained in the last movie, now that I'm done, I need to save a copy of the corrected photo by going to the File menu and clicking Save, and then I could close the photo by clicking the X here at the top right of the Document window. So that's how to use the controls in the Lighting section of the Quick Photo Edit workspace. In the next movie, I'll show you how to adjust color saturation, and hue, and color balance using the controls here in this workspace.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 10
Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 10

29 video lessons · 5516 viewers

Jan Kabili
Author

 

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 10.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.