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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.
Sometimes you want to effect or correct just part of a photo and you can't do that in Quick Edit mode using the Selection tools there. To show you that I'll select this image in the Organizer and I will click Editor. Here in the Editor I am working in Quick Edit mode. And what I want to do is select the blue face of the statue and his crown. I will leave these blue balls on the crown out of it. So first I am going to zoom in, so I get a closer view. And then with the Hand tool I'm going to click and drag so I can see everything I want to select here.
I might need to back off just a bit on the zoom. Now I am going to go over to the toolbar and click on the Quick Selection tool, and that displays the tool options for the Quick Selection tool and its neighbor, the Selection Brush tool down in the tool Options. I will start with the Quick Selection tool which will automatically select part of an image based on the color and tone. I will make sure that in this area I have the new selection icon enabled and then I'll come over to Auto Enhance and I am going to click that. That will just help this tool find the edge of the statue with the color and tone change.
I will move my cursor over the image and I can see right away that the brush tip is too big. I find the Quick Selection tool works best with a small brush tip. So I will come down to the Size slider in the Options bar and I'm going to drag that way over to the left. Now with this small brush tool I will click on the blue of the statue's face and start dragging and the selection jumps ahead of me, finding the edge of the face and of the crown. Sometimes as I use this tool, I need to change the brush size, I can either come down and use the Brush slider or I can just press the left bracket key on my keyboard, which is right next to the P key, to make the brush size smaller, the right bracket key next to that, would make the brush bigger.
And now I will continue up here trying to select the crown. Now you can see that actually I have selected more than the crown, over here I have got part of the building, over here as well. I can try to fix that by coming back down to the Options and changing the option to Subtract from selection. And then it moving over the areas that I don't want in this selection and removing those like this. And I can do that here too. But sometimes this sets me in a loop, going back and forth between adding to the selection and subtracting from it. So when I need to be more precise, I have another tool here, the Selection Brush tool, I'll choose that tool.
And now I want to add to the selection, so I will make sure that icon is selected in the options. I can change the Size and the Hardness of this brush tip, I might soften the brush up just a bit. And then I will move into the image and now I can paint in the selection. And this tool isn't trying to do it for me, it's simply adding to the selection wherever I paint. If by mistake I go out here and include part of the window, then I can come back and Subtract from the selection and do it very precisely. So I am going to continue this job until I have got what looks to me like a pretty good selection.
So now I'm done making the initial selection, these dotted lines that define the selection are called marching ants, with the marching ants you can't really see edge of the selection perfectly. So I am going to go back to the Quick Selection Brush tool and I'm going to come over here and click Refine Edge. That opens the Refine Edge dialog and it lets me view the image against a mask, that mask can be either white or if I click on the View menu, I could choose a Black mask or a Black and White mask and each image is different. What I am trying to do is get the best view of the edge of this mask.
I think On White is going to work for this particular image. And then I will click out of this box to close it. What I am going to do here is move the Smooth slider over to the right slightly and as I do, you can see the edge of my selection smooth out. Sometimes I will also add a tiniest bit of Feather, which softens the edge of a selection. And there are some other controls that come in handy for other images. I think this looks pretty good, so I am going to leave it at that. And I will make sure that I'm Outputting to a Selection, then I'll click OK. Now I'm going to make a change that will affect only the area inside of the selection.
I could use any of the adjustments. I will go to the Color Adjustment and click the arrow there and I will click on the Hue tab. Now as I move over the Preset Hue changes, you can see the color changed just inside that Selection. I think I am going to go with this last Preset, so I'll click it to a apply it. And all that's left to do is remove the marching ants, which I will do by going up to the Select menu and choosing Deselect or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D on the PC or Command+D on the Mac, that's one to remember, because you will use it so often. So that's how to change just part of an image using the Selection tools in the Quick Edit Mode.
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