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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
In Quick Fix Edit mode, you can apply adjustments to your images quickly and easily. Some of them can even be applied with a simple click of a button. With this movie, I'd like to show you how to access Quick Fix mode from within Elements and utilize the before and after preview option. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing our catalog images, which are part of our exercise files. That's what you're seeing here inside of the Content panel. What I'd like to do is access a specific image that I would like to work with in Quick Fix Edit mode. To do that, I'm going to use the Filter panel over here. Down where it says keywords, I'm going to click on the Enzo year 2 keyword that I created.
When I do that, it filters down what we're viewing in the Content panel to only view those images or display those images that have the Enzo year tag applied to them. I'm going to scroll down and then select the Enzo Easter 01 image. Double-click it to open it up inside of the Elements' Editing workspace. So here we're and we're defaulting into the Full Edit mode. Notice over here on the right in the Edit tab, the full button is depressed and when you're in Full Edit mode, you have the whole gamut of tools available to you. You have all of your palettes available under the Window menu; you have all of your tools over here on the left. You can use all of these different features in order to apply very specific adjustments to your image.
Now if we go over to Quick Fix mode, which is over here on the right, click this button, next button over, that limits our options a bit. Notice the tools over here have changed, we don't have as many tools. We only have the most basic of tools available to us. The scrolling tool, the Zoom tool, we have the Quick Selection tool, Crop tool and the Red Eye tool. Now we don't have everything else that we saw in Full Edit mode. Then over here on the right, we don't have our palettes. Instead, we have these controls that are very specific to Quick Fix mode. Things like Smart Fix.
There's a Red Eye Fix. We have Levels and all of our Lighting Controls and here all of our Color Controls and then of course Sharpening. All right, so we have various sliders to work with and then a lot of automated buttons, okay that can calculate the type of adjustment we want to apply and apply it to our image automatically with just one click of a button, and that's the great thing about Quick Fix mode. You can often times get the results you want very, very quickly and once you know how these things work, the easier it will be and the quicker you can work with your images. Okay, but before we do any of that, what I want to show you down here are these options. We have of course the View menu and if you click on the down facing arrow, it's currently only showing the After image which means that if I were to make an adjustment over here, we would only see the after state of the image and not the before. Same if we were to choose the Before Only, we'd only see the before state of the image.
I think it makes the more sense to choose either Before & After-Horizontal or Before & After-Vertical depending on the orientation of the image that you're working with. Let's go ahead and choose one of these options and now what we're seeing is the before state and an after state. So what that means is if I make an adjustment, I'm actually going to go ahead and hide the Project bin so I will click that down facing arrow, I have more room to focus on our work over here. Off on the right, in the Color adjustment section here in Quick Fix mode, I'm actually going to move the Temperature slider just a little bit to the right. The reason I want to do that is because I think that the skin tone in this image is a little too pale and I think the image overall has a little bit of a cool cast meaning that there is an abundance of blue in the image.
If I move this slider just slightly to the right, we can warm it up and you can see how that's improving the skin tone and that's a great thing. So I'm going to apply this adjustment now by clicking the green arrow and I can see the before and after. It makes it much easier for me to decide whether or not I'm doing the right thing to my image. I think that's a good thing to do. Now while you're here in Quick Fix mode, just keep in mind that you can still navigate around your image even though you're viewing in the before and after preview. So in other words, if I want to zoom in or out, I would recommend rather than using these tools over here, the Zoom tool or the scroll tool that you use the keyboard shortcuts, Command+ Minus to zoom out, Command+Plus to zoom in.
I think that's the quickest and easiest way to zoom in and out of your image when you're in Quick Fix mode or in full edit mode for that matter. You can also use the Scroll tool over here, the Hand tool in order to scroll around your image or if you should have a different tool selected like the Zoom tool or any of these others, you can hold down the Spacebar and scroll around some of the image as well. So keyboard shortcuts, generally the best way to go when you want to navigate around your image inside of Quick Fix mode.
You can also control your zoom percentage down here if you really wanted to. You could enter a percentage by highlighting the number in the field and typing something in, maybe 100% if you really wanted to inspect for sharpness, press Return in order to apply that. Now we have the close-up here of Enzo's face. You can also use the scrubbies here. If you just hover over where it says Zoom, you can zoom out that way incrementally. It's kind of nice to be able to do that. Also, if you have your Preference set up, if you zoom with the scroll wheel and you have a scroll wheel on your mouse, you can scroll that way too. So it's kind of nice that you can use that feature.
So in essence, unless you're going to crop or remove red eye with a tool or make a quick selection should you ever need to, you really don't have to fool around with these tools over here that much. I very rarely use these tools. I mean, maybe once in a great while if I want to apply a quick adjustment using the Quick Selection tool, I might use this. But generally, any of these other things cropping and using the Red Eye Removal, I would do in Full Edit mode and I almost never refer to these tools up here, just keyboard shortcuts for zooming. So now what we can do is go back in Full Edit mode and we can see that we've made a really nice adjustment. If we wanted to add to this, do some other things we have again, the full gamut of control in here in Full Edit but we're able to make that really quick Color Cast adjustment in Quick Fix mode and the great thing about doing that was we had that very nice before and after preview in order to relay that information to us as we're making the adjustment, very, very nice.
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