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Join photographer and teacher Jan Kabili as she introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 12. This course begins with a look at Elements Organizer, a workspace that makes it easier than ever to import photos. Next, Jan explores the photo-enhancement features in the Quick Edit workspace, from correcting color and lighting to quick retouching. Then graduate to the Expert Edit view, which provides tools for selecting portions of images, compositing multiple images, straightening crooked photos, and more. Last, Jan returns to the Organizer to show you how to tag photos with keywords and create albums, and introduces Elements 12's features for emailing photos and sharing them on Twitter.
The adjustments that we looked at so far in QuickEdit, have been applied to the entire photograph. Sometimes you may want to apply an adjustment to just part of a photograph. And you can do that my making use of the Quick selection tool, here in the QuickEdit work space. I'm going to go over to the toolbar and click on the Quick selection tool to select it. Then down here in the Tool options, you can see the options for this tool. I'm going to make sure that Auto enhance is checked, which will automatically help me to get a better selection edge. I've also chosen the add to selection option.
So, that the tool will automatically add to my selection each time that I click on a different portion of the image. Now, I'm going to apply this tool to the image to select just the buildings in the foreground without the sky. I want my brush tip to be a little bit bigger than this is so that we can see it as a small circle. So, I'm pressing the Right bracket key a few times on my keyboard. The Right bracket key is near the P key on the keyboard, and then I'm going to click and drag quickly over the buildings. And you can see that the tool is able to distinguish the edges of the buildings and it's selecting based on color, tone and edge variance.
And just a moment I've selected most of what I want, I'm going to zoom in with the Zoom tool. And here you can see I missed some. So I go back to the Quick selection tool. It sets to add to the selection. So I'll just click and drag over this area to add it to the selection. Here, I've selected a little bit of the sky. So I'm going to make my brush tip smaller by pressing the Left bracket key. And I move down to the Tool option and I'll click the Subtract from selection icon. And now I'll move over that little bit of sky, to remove it from the selection.
Here's something I want to add to the selection. I'm going to go to the Hand tool and click and drag to bring the top of the steeple into view. I'll get the Quick selection tool again, and I'll switch it back to the Add to selection option. Now I want to make my brush tip very small, so I'll press the Left bracket key a number of times. And then I'll click and drag over that steeple. And I can even include that small bit in my selection. If I move over this way, I see I have a little bit more to add here at the top of this roof line.
Now before I consider this selection done, I want to look at the edge in the Refine edge window. So I'm going to click Refine edge here, and that opens the Refine edge dialogue box. Refine edge will show me my selection in various ways. I can see it here against a red semi-transparent background. In some cases it helps to see the edge against black, against white. Or in a black and white version to get a sense of whether it really is smooth or soft or however you want it to be.
In this case, I think the black and white version, helps me to see that my edge needs a bit smoothing out. So I'll click off of the View menu to close that. And I'm going to go through the Smooth menu, and I'm just going to drag it very slightly to the right to try to smooth off that selection edge. I'll click OK to close the Refine edge dialogue. And then I'm going to go back to the Zoom tool. And in the Zoom tool options, I'm going to click Fit on screen so I can see the entire image. Now that I have the foreground selected, whatever adjustments I make in the Adjustments panel over on the right.
Will affect just the selected buildings. I'll make sure that the Adjustments panel is showing in the column on the right. If It's not, I'll click the Adjustments button in the Task pane and then I'll try a Levels correction. Maybe I'll try Auto Contrast and that does increase the contrast of the buildings. I think they could use more color, so I'll go to the Color panel and there I'll click on the Vibrance tab which I've showed you in earlier movies. I'm going to select one of these thumbnails, that increases the vibrance of the selected area. And, I'll close the Color panel.
Now I can dismiss my selection, because I'm done with it. To do that, I'll go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Deselect. Or I could press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D on the PC, or Cmd+D on the Mac. To compare a before and after of this image, I'll go to the View menu and I'll choose Before and after. And I'm going to close the Adjustments panel by clicking the Adjustments icon. So we have more room to compare the image on the right, where I've adjusted just the foreground with the image on the left. So that's how you can use the Quick selection tool along with the adjustments in the QuickEdit work space to fix just part of a photograph.
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