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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 provides some powerful tools to help you do everything from managing and organizing your photos, to optimizing your images and making basic adjustments, to sharing your final results and making great prints. In this introduction to Photoshop Elements, Chad Chelius walks you through the new features introduced in Photoshop Elements 10, including tools to improve searching for photos and dealing with duplicates and new effects like Depth of Field and the Orton effect. Along the way, discover how to add special effects to your photos, tag images both by keyword and with the people recognition feature, and correct common problems like underexposure, overexposure, and color casts.
In addition to the ability to make color and tonal adjustments in the Quick Photo Edit mode, there are also some tools available in this mode that allow you to perform isolated adjustments. Utilizing some unique tools that are found in the Quick Photo Edit mode, it's quite easy to make these adjustments. Let's take a look. I'm beginning this video in the Elements 10 Organizer, and I'm going to scroll down to a photo that I want to use. I'm going to use this image. It's called img_4041.jpg.
And I'm going to click on that image to make it active. Now I'm going to come over here to the Fix tab, and I'm going to choose Quick Photo Edit to open this image in the Elements Editor. Now, on the left hand side of the interface, you're going to notice you have your toolbox. And this toolbox, at least in Quick Photo Edit mode, has a total of eight tools that are available. Now some of these, you may already be familiar with. For example, we have the Hand tool. We have the Zoom tool, so if we want to Zoom in on our image, we can Click and Drag to Zoom in on an area.
We can hold down the Alt or Options key to Zoom out of that image as well. And while we're zoomed in on an area, we can use the Hand tool to move the photo around to different areas. Perfect. I'm going to go ahead and Zoom out there. We have the Quick Selection tool which is useful for making quick selections of certain areas. We have the Crop tool which we can use to crop this image. What we're going to do in this particular example, is we're going to use some of these tools down here at the bottom. So we have the Red Eye Removal tool, the Whiten Teeth tool and the Make Dull Skies Blue tool.
And finally, the Black and White High contrast. Now, for this image, I'm going to use the Make Dull Skies Blue tool. So I'm going to select that to make it active. And the job of this tool, as you can imagine is to make eh, so so skies even better. Now, this tool tends to work best if you already have a blue sky that's really not real intense. But if you use a sky that's say, cloudy or gray, this tool's probably not going to do what you want it to.
So this photo really lends itself to utilizing this tool. Now this tool is based on a brush size and although it's difficult to see here, the brush is actually in the form of a circle. So I want to make that brush bigger, I can do that a couple of different ways, I can come up to my brush side drop down. And I can increase the diameter a little bit. Maybe I'll try 40. And you can see how the brush size got a little bit bigger. Now a way that you can adjust the brush size that's a little bit more intuitive, is to just go ahead and click on this icon to get out of there. You can use the right bracket key on your keyboard.
Just keep tapping it to make the brush size bigger. And then tap the left bracket key on your keyboard to make it smaller. And if you're not sure where the left and right bracket key are located on your keyboard, they are located right above your Return key. So I'm going to make this a little bit smaller, and what I'm going to do here is I'm going to just Click and Drag to start painting in this area. And this tool works best with high contrast photos, like where I can really isolate a certain area. And when I let go of my mouse, it's going to apply that blue sky effect to my image.
The Make Dull Skies Bluer tool is really based on the Quick Selection tool in a way because it works in very much the same way, we simply paint to create a selection. And with the Make Dull Skies Blue tool, it also adds a layer that makes that blue more intense. So I'm going to deselect this by going to the Select menu, and choosing Deselect. And you can also apply this several different areas. So, with this tool, I can click inside of this area to make that area a little bit bluer.
Deselect that. And then paint in this area as well, to at least get some of that blue to show through. So to deselect, go to the Select menu and choose Deselect. And I should also point out that, in addition to your basic brush size, you also have the New Selection tool. The Add To Selection tool and the Remove or Subtract From Selection tool. So if I were to create another selection, I could also use the Remove Selection tool to kind of remove that selection from certain areas. So I'm actually, because I don't really want to double up, you can see that it essentially doubled up on the effect of the blue sky, I'm actually just going to paint this whole thing out to remove it.
There we go. So, I like the way that looks. We can look a before and after version. We choose Before and After Vertical. We can see what it looked like before and after. So I'll just set that back to after and I'm going to close this image. I definetely want to save it and I'm going to include it in the Organizer, and Save the version set with original. Maybe we will give the edited version something a little more descriptive like, blue sky and we'll click Save. Now I'm going to come up here to the upper right corner and click on the Organizer button to return to the Organizer. And I'm going to scroll all the way to the top as long as you're viewing this as date newest first, and I'm going to click on this image of myself with my daughter. So with that image selected, I'm going to click on the arrow to the right of the Fix tab, go to Quick Photo edit.
And another tool that's really useful is the Red Eye Removal tool. So I am going to Zoom in on my image, so I'm going to use my Zoom tool here. Just going to Click and Drag so I can see both of our eyes. And here, once again, we have the dreaded red eye. I'm going to click on the Red Eye Removal tool. We can specify a pupil size as well as a darken amount. I will say that the 50% values work pretty well, but I will tell you that you can refine these values as you see fit. So with this tool, I'm just going to click right in the middle of our pupils. You can see that it fixed that one.
Let's try this one. We see that it didn't quite get everything. So I'm just going to click on that again, and that looks like it got rid of the red eye. Click on her pupils, since hers are very intense, it has no trouble picking up the area of red eye. So you can see how that definitely improved that area. I'm going to pan up a little bit by holding down the spacebar on my keyboard, and then just clicking with my mouse to move the image up. And I want to also show you the Whiten Teeth tool. Now there's really no options for this tool, other than your brush size, so I'm going to reduce the brush size quite a bit.
And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to paint, make this a little bit smaller, I'm going to paint over my teeth. This tool is also based on the Quick Selection tool, so as I Click and Drag, it's detecting contrast edges. And once I've got everything that I want, I can let go, and you can see how it whitened my teeth. Once again with this tool you have the Add To and Remove From tool or Subtract tool, so if I got too much of an area I can click on the minus and Click and Drag to paint away the effect.
Or I can add back to it by clicking painting on, that area. So I'm going to go back to the normal brush and I'm just going to paint over her teeth, try to whiten her teeth a little bit. And that looks pretty good. Once again I'm going to deselect that, go to Select and choose Deselect. We can now look at a before and after vertical version. I'll use my Hand tool to reposition so we can see, can see we fixed the pupils. They look much better. You can see that we can also look at the teeth and can see that it has whitened the teeth a little bit.
And now we have a much better photo. So we'll go back to View After only. I'm going to set the Zoom, going to scroll down a little bit so that I can see the whole image. And then I'll close this image, definitely saving it and I'm going to Save this. In this particular case because this is a Photoshop document, it's saving it as the Photoshop format. It doesn't want to let me save it in the version set with original. So you'll notice we have several formats in here. You can change it to TIF, you can change it to JPEG. It's making me save this as a copy, because it will not let me edit the original.
So, what I'm going to do here. I'll go back to the Photoshop format. And I'm going to make sure I put it back in the Organizer. This one I'm just going to name it differently. We'll call this, red-eye-teeth, and we'll just save this as another version. And if we go back to the Organizer, we can see we now we have both of these versions available within here. So you see using these tools found in Quick Photo Edit mode, you can make really useful refinements to your photos to make them even better than they already are.
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