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In the toolbar in the Quick Photo Edit Workspace, there are four special touchup tools that you can use to adjust just part of an image. Two of those are for use with portraits: the Red Eye Removal tool and the Whiten Teeth tool. Then there's a Blue Sky tool that you can use to make dull skies blue without affecting the rest of an image, and the Black And White adjustment tool which you can use to turn part of an image black-and-white. Let's start with that tool. I'll select it here in the toolbox. Then I'll move over the image.
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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training
11h 3m Beginner Mar 12, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos from a camera, computer, or iPhoto library
  • Adding keyword tags and ratings to photos
  • Automatically tagging people
  • Organizing photos into albums
  • Renaming and moving photos
  • Correcting common photo problems automatically
  • Retouching photos of friends and family
  • Adjusting lighting and color
  • Working with layers and layer masks
  • Converting photos to black-and-white
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Adding text to photos
  • Working with raw photos
  • Making a slideshow
  • Ordering prints
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos

In the toolbar in the Quick Photo Edit Workspace, there are four special touchup tools that you can use to adjust just part of an image. Two of those are for use with portraits: the Red Eye Removal tool and the Whiten Teeth tool. Then there's a Blue Sky tool that you can use to make dull skies blue without affecting the rest of an image, and the Black And White adjustment tool which you can use to turn part of an image black-and-white. Let's start with that tool. I'll select it here in the toolbox. Then I'll move over the image.

You can see the size of my brush tip here in this large circle. I like to use this tool with a small brush tip, so I'm going to make the brush tip smaller by pressing the left bracket key on my keyboard several times. The left bracket key is located just to the right of the P key on the keyboard. If I were to press the right bracket key, the brush tip would get a little bigger. Then I'm just going to click and drag over the background of this photo. When I do that, Elements automatically selects the background and converts it to black-and-white at the same time.

I can add to this selection by clicking and dragging over more of the photo, and if I happen to go a little bit too far like this and include some of the rose, I can subtract the rose from the selection by going up to the Options bar for this tool and choosing Subtract from selection, and then coming back in and moving over the area that I want to remove from the black-and-white selection. And then if I need to add some back in, I'll go back up to the Options bar and I'll choose the Add to selection icon. I am going to make my brush tip smaller pressing the left bracket key and I'll add this little bid in to the area that's been converted to black-and-white.

When I'm done, I'll deselect by going to the Select menu and choosing Deselect. The next touchup tool works pretty much the same way but will give you a completely different effect and that is the Make Dull Skies Blue tool. I'll select that and I'm going to bring up another image, one that has sky in it, by double clicking this photo thumbnail in my Project Bin. I'd like to make the sky a little more dramatic. So with the Blue Sky tool, I'll come into the image and with a relatively small brush, I'll click and drag over the sky, and just like that Black And White adjustment tool, this tool selects just part of the image based on its color and tone.

I can add to this selection by clicking here and here and down here. If I mistakenly include a little bit of this flag in this selection, I'll come up to the tool options bar for this tool, again choose Subtract from selection, and I'll come in and subtract that little bit from the selection. When I'm done, I'll choose Select > Deselect. This effect doesn't look too bad on this image, but it does look a little bit artificial on some photos. So let me show you how you can modify the effect.

That's done by bringing the photo into another editing workspace, the full edit workspace. I'll do that by clicking the Full tab in the task pane on the right. Down here is the Layers panel, and in the Layers panel on top of the photo layer there is a new Blue Skies layer that was created with that tool over in the Quick Photo edit workspace. We'll learn a lot more about layers and layer masks in a later chapter, but for now, just make sure that this Blue Sky layer is black, in other words it's selected, and then go up to this Opacity field at the top of the Layers panel.

Move your mouse over the word Opacity and drag to the left, and that will reduce the opacity of the Blue Sky effect on the Blue Skies layer. If you're a little more advanced, you may want to go into this menu, which is the Blend mode menu. The Blue Sky effect uses this Color Burn blend mode, but you can experiment with changing it to other Darken blend modes which are all of the ones in this section of the Blend mode menu. So watch what happens if I choose Multiply instead of Color Burn, I get a different look to this burned in effect.

I am going to go back to the Quick Photo edit workspace by clicking the Quick tab here in the task pane. And I'm going to open another image to show you the other touchup tools. This first image in the Project Bin which I'll double click, notice that the eyes on this girl are a little bit red. This was caused by the on-camera flash. When you have a red glow like this and you want to remove it, the Red Eye Removal tool can sometimes help. I'll select that tool in the toolbar, and then I'll go up to the Options bar and I'll try clicking the Auto button.

Now keep your eye on the girl's eyes and you may have noticed that her right eye looks more normal now, but her left eye still has that red glow. I am going to get the Zoom tool and zoom in so you can see that better. The upshot is that the Red Eye Removal tool doesn't always work perfectly on every image like this. I am going to select that tool again to show you a workaround if this happens to you. Instead of using the Auto button, I'll try to use this tool more manually by moving into the image and clicking directly on the red in the eye.

The result will totally depend on exactly where I click. That did a pretty good job. If I don't like that result I can undo and try again, perhaps darkening the amount of the black, or changing the size of the pupil that gets corrected. But I'll leave that for now. There's another touchup tool in the Quick Photo edit toolbar that you can use to whiten teeth without affecting the rest of the image. I'll select that tool, and then I'll move into the image. I want to make my brush tip relatively small so that I can select just the teeth here.

So I'll press the left bracket key a couple of times on my keyboard, and then I'll click and drag over the teeth. Now if I go a little too far and select the lips by mistake, there is an option for subtracting from the selection up in the tool options bar. I'll click that Subtract from selection option and move down into the image and I'll remove the lips from the selection. The Whiten Teeth tool both selects and desaturates any yellow tinge on teeth all in one step.

So there's nothing more for me to do except for it to deselect by going up to the Select menu and choosing Deselect. That Whiten Teeth tool is a pretty subtle effect so you won't see anything obvious when you look at this image at 100% view as I'll do by selecting the Zoom tool and then clicking 1:1. So if you want to make some specific adjustments that are addressed by these four tools, give the Red Eye Removal tool, the Whiten Teeth tool, the Blue Sky tool or the Black And White touchup tool a try.

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