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Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options

From: Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options

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.

Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options

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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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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