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Making simple photo corrections

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Making simple photo corrections

The quickest way to fix common photo problems is right here in the Organizer, using the automatic Photo Fix buttons. If you're working with a snapshot, and you want to make it look better without bothering to take it into the editor, give Photo Fix a try. I'll start by selecting the photo I want to correct here in the Media Browser. This photo has an orange color cast, and it could also use and correction to contrast, which is the difference between the brightest and the darkest tones in an image. I'll move over to the column on the right, and I'll click right on the Fix tab to reveal the Photo Fix Options.

Making simple photo corrections

The quickest way to fix common photo problems is right here in the Organizer, using the automatic Photo Fix buttons. If you're working with a snapshot, and you want to make it look better without bothering to take it into the editor, give Photo Fix a try. I'll start by selecting the photo I want to correct here in the Media Browser. This photo has an orange color cast, and it could also use and correction to contrast, which is the difference between the brightest and the darkest tones in an image. I'll move over to the column on the right, and I'll click right on the Fix tab to reveal the Photo Fix Options.

The first button here, Auto Smart Fix, is sometimes all you need. Auto Smart Fix tries to fix all the common problems of lighting and color at once. I'll click that button, and here's the result on this photo. I actually don't really like what Auto Smart Fix did to this photo. Now the image has a color cast, but it's a bluish color cast. So I'd like to try out some of the other Photo Fix options instead. But unfortunately, I can't undo this Photo Fix correction once it's been applied.

So instead, I'm going to go back to the original photo to try out the other Photo Fix options. Fortunately, the original is right here along with this edited copy in what's [00:01:15.82s called a version Set, which is a kind of a virtual group. When you apply any Photo Fix option, Elements automatically makes a copy of the photo, applies the fix to the copy only, and puts the copy into a version set with the original. To see the original, all I have to do is click the black arrow on the right side of this copy, and that expands version set, and over here is the original.

You can see from its file name that it's not an edited copy. So to try out a different Photo Fix option, I'll click on the original, and then I'll go over to the column on the right, and this time I'm going to apply an Auto Color Photo Fix. Auto Color focuses on trying to correct color cast. And way over here is the second edited copy, this time with the Auto Color fix. I actually don't like this one very much either. So I am going to try again, this time applying Auto Levels.

Again, I'll go back and select the original over here, I'll go over to the Photo Fix options, and I'll click on Auto Levels, and here is the third edited copy with Auto Levels applied. Auto Levels increases contrast, expanding the tonal range between the darkest shadows and the brightest highlights. Auto Levels can also shift colors, and here I think it's made a good color shift. In fact, this is my favorite of all the fixes so far. Just for comparison, I'm going to try one more with Auto Contrast.

So I'll go back, and I'll select the original again. I'll come over to the Photo Fix options, and I'll click on Auto Contrast, and here is the fourth edited copy, with Auto Contrast applied. Auto Contrast, like Auto Levels, increases contrast, but it does so without affecting color like Auto Levels does. So in this case, I still have an orange color cast coming from the original. So my pick here is the third photo fix: Auto Levels. So I'm going to continue with that one, selecting it here, and then I'll move back over to the Photo Fix Options to apply one more photo fix, and that is Auto Sharpen.

Almost every digital photo can benefit from sharpening before output. So I'll click Auto Sharpen, and that gives me one more edited version to which I've applied both Auto Levels and Auto Sharpen. I can go ahead and delete all of the other copies, I'll select this one, I'll hold the Shift key, and I'll click on this one to select all of the other edited copies. And then I'll right-click on one of these photos, or Control+click with a one-button mouse, and I'll choose Delete Selected Items from Catalog. I can also delete these other edited copies from my hard disk altogether, so I'll check this check box, and I'll click OK. And now I'm left with the original here, and the edited copy here.

As you've seen, the Photo Fix Options are all one click, automatic corrections, so you don't get a lot of control over these corrections. But what you lose in control, you do save in time and effort, which is sometimes just what you want.

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