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Elements offers more than one place that you can go to edit your photos. I suggest you do most of your editing in the editor. But sometimes you'll be working in the organizer as I am now and you'll just see something that you want to quickly fix about a photo. In that case, you can try applying photo fix options, which you can access from right here in the organizer. To open the photo fix options, I'll go to the Task pane at the bottom of the organizer and I'll go over to the Instant Fix icon on the right side of the task pane and click there to open the photo fix options in the column on the right. If I want to apply one of these one-click options to this photo.
I'll select the photo in the media browser, and then I'll come over and just click on that photo fix option. I'm going to try Levels, which is intended to improve the tonal range, but also can have effect on the photo's color. So I'll click Levels, and in just a moment, that's been applied to this photo. To evaluate this adjustment, I'd like to compare the fixed photo to the original. I can do that by clicking this arrow to the right of the fixed version of the photo. And that opens the original over on the right. What's happened is that when you apply a photo fix option in the organizer, Elements automatically saves the corrected version for you, you don't have to save it yourself and it puts it into a set called a version set with the original one and then it collapses those two together, so when I click the arrow, that expanded the version set.
And if click the arrow again that collapses the version set. But, I'll always have both of these photos here in the organizer. One way to know which is the fixed one and which is the original is that the fixed version has a little paint brush icon in the top right corner. Another way to tell is to look at the file names. By default the file names aren't showing in the organizer. But I'd like to work with them on. To turn on file names go up to the View>Details, that gives you some information under each photo but not the files names.
To see the file names we have to go back to the View>File Names in addition to Details. So, now I can see the original file name over here on the right. And notice that Elements has automatically appended the words edited one to the version that I fixed. So that's another way to know which is which. One thing to know about the photo fix options is that they're cumulative. So let's apply another photo fix on top of this levels adjustment. I'll select the version of the photo to which I applied levels.
And I'm actually going to zoom in on that because it's a good idea to be zoomed in when you're applying sharpening, which is the next adjustment I'm going to apply to this photo. I'll go over to the Photo Fix Options and I'll click Sharpen. Now sharpening is subtle, so you might not see much of a difference. But because the adjustments are cumulative, you can sharpen again, increasing the amount of sharpening. And you can do that as many times as you like. Now I think I've gone a little too far, so I'd like to undo that last sharpening step. To undo any photo fix option.
I'll go down to the task pane at the bottom of the organizer, and there, I can click Undo. And if I hover over the undo icon, the organizer tells me exactly which step it's going to undo. So right now, it's undoing my last auto-sharpen and if I click undo again, that will undo the second to last auto-sharpen and so forth. Another way to undo is to use the keyword shortcut Ctrl+Z on the PC or Cmd+Z on the Mac. Let's go back to grid view by double-clicking this image. If you would like to try applying some of the other photo fix options then what you'll need to do is select the original version of the image and then you can try applying one of these other options, for example let's see what happens when I apply the colour photo fix option.
I'm going to zoom back so we can see the color photo fix option over here on the left. It really hasn't done as good a job with this photo as the levels adjustment did. So I'm going to delete the version that has the color adjustment by selecting it, and then right-clicking>Delete From Catalog. Now this is important. When you delete an item from your catalog, you have to think about whether you also want to delete that item from your hard drive. If you just want to delete the item from the organizer catalogue but leave it on your computer then don't check this box.
Just click OK. In this case I really have no need for the version to which I applied the color adjustment. So I will check Also Delete Selected Item From the Hard Disk, and click OK. And now I'm left with my original, and the one to which I applied the levels photo fix adjustment. So, give these various adjustments a try. I think you'll find that they save you a lot of time, and they're quick and easy to apply.
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