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In this course, author Jan Kabili introduces the photo organizing, editing, and sharing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the less expensive version of Photoshop that’s ideal for casual photographers who want to achieve professional results. The course covers importing, organizing, and finding photos with the Organizer. It explains how and when to use each of the editing workspaces—from the simple Quick Fix and Guided Edit workspaces to the Full Edit workspace for enhancing your photos—including making photo corrections, retouching, compositing images, and adding text. The final chapter offers creative ways to share photos with Elements, including print projects like greeting cards, calendars, and books, emailing photos, and posting them on Facebook and Flickr.
In the last movie, we took a look at the controls in the Fix tab of the Organizer that you can use to automatically improve color and lighting in your photos. Those were Auto Smart Fix, Auto Color, Auto Levels, and Auto Contrast. There are some other controls in the Photo Fix Options that I would like to show you here. One of those is the Auto Red Eye Fix. To show you that, I'm going to put this photo into Single Photo View by double-clicking it here in the Media Browser, so that you can see that my eyes in this photo are glowing red.
You have probably seen this before if you ever taken a picture with the flash on a pocket camera. If you've got this problem in one of your photos, you can try applying the Auto Red Eye Fix over here in the Photo Fix options of the Organizer. To apply that fix, I will just click on it here in the Fix column, and then I will click OK to dismiss this message. And right away, that red glow is gone from my eyes. Another useful feature in the Photo Fix Options is the Crop feature. To show you that, I will move to another photo in my Media Browser by pressing the left arrow key on my keyboard.
Cropping is useful if you want to trim away some edges from a photo, either to improve the overall composition or to remove unwanted content at the edges. I'm going to click Crop and that opens the photo in the Crop Photo window. The white box that you see here is the crop boundary. Whenever is outside of this box will be trimmed away when I apply the crop. I can define the size and shape of the white box by moving my mouse over any of its edges and dragging. And I can change the location of the boundary by clicking inside of it and dragging.
If I want a specific ratio of width to height in the cropped photo, maybe to fit in a certain frame that I have, I can choose that ratio from the Aspect Ratio menu over here. I can either use the same ratio as the original photo, I could a square ratio, or I can choose from any of these ratios of height to width. And remember; these aren't inches these are just ratios. If I go with one of the portrait ratios, that will give me a vertical photo that's taller than it is wide. I am going to go with my custom ratio, so I will just click off this menu to close it.
When I am satisfied with the shape and size of the crop boundary, I will click the Apply button here or the green check mark down here. And that trims away the edges of the photo with their content. If I want to compare the cropped photo to the original, I can go down to this View menu and choose Before and After. So there's the original and here's the cropped version. And if I don't like the cropped version, I can always undo it and start again by clicking here. But I want to go with this cropped version. I will click OK and that closes the crop window and crops the photo out here in the Media Browser.
Almost every photo can benefit from a little sharpening. Although sharpening can't make a blurry photo sharp, it can crisp up the detail in almost any photo. The quickest way to sharpen a photo is to use the Auto Sharpen option, here in the Photo Fix Options. To apply Auto Sharpen, I will just click it here. And if that isn't enough sharpening, I can click it again, and even again, until I'm satisfied with the amount of sharpening in the photo. If I want to do some more editing to a photo then these automatic Photo Fix Options allow, I can take the photo from here in the Photo Fix Options directly into Elements' editor by clicking Edit Photos here.
And if I have another photo editing program on my computer, like Photoshop CS5, then I can open the photo from here into an external editing program by clicking on More Options and choosing Edit Photos with External Editor. So those are the photo correction options that are available here in the Fix tab of the Organizer. Remember that after you apply any of these options you don't have to do anything to save a photo; Elements automatically saves a copy of the photo for you in your Organizer with the changes that you have made here.
But you may be wondering what to do if you apply a Photo Fix Option that you don't like. To find out the answer to that question, stay tuned for the next movie.
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