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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
The editing controls in the panel on the right side of the Quick Fix workspace are the most important part of this workspace. You can use them to correct lighting and color, and to sharpen your photos so they are ready for output. In this movie I'll show you how the controls work in general. And then in the next movies I'll get into more specifics about individual controls in the Quick Fix workspace. The most comprehensive of the controls here is Smart Fix. It tries to fix color and lighting all at the same time. Just like Smart Fix in the Photo Fix options in the organizer.
Like some of the other corrections, you can see that Smart Fix has an auto button. These auto buttons are an automatic way to apply fix to your photo. And sometimes that's all you need to get the image looking the way that you want it. I'll try that with this Smart Fix auto button. Clicking it here and in just a second after Elements is analyzed by image; it applies some color and lighting changes that it thinks the photo needs. If I don't like the result of applying this auto correction, I can go to the top of the screen and click the undo button there. And that works with any of the auto corrections.
If you like more control over your results than the auto buttons afford, notice that each correction also has sliders, and you can use these sliders to customize the correction. In the case of the Smart Fix correction there is affix slider. Dragging the fix slider to the right both applies a Smart Fix correction, and let's me control the strength of that correction. So if I go away over here, I get a more intense Smart Fix correction, then if I drag this slider to a less extreme position, I still need to commit this change, and so I go out to the check mark that's appeared in this Smart Fix panel, and I'll click that check mark.
If I wanted to cancel that correction at this point, I could click X there, but I'll click the check mark. I don't have to worry, because I can still undo this change. If I want to undo at this point, I can go up to the undo button and click that or I could use the keyboard shortcut for undo which is Ctrl+Z on the PC or Command+Z on the Mac. Now what if I replied more than one correction to this image, how would I undo in that case? I'm going to go ahead and apply a few corrections. Again, I'll drag the fix slider over to the right to apply a smart fix correction, and I'll click the check mark there.
I'll go down to the color section, and I'm going to increase the purity or intensity of color in the image by dragging the saturation sliders slightly to the right, and I'll click the check mark there. And then I'll go down to the color balance area and I'll warm up the photo by dragging the temperature sliders slightly to the right, and clicking that check mark. Once I've committed all those changes, the reset button down here lights up. If I click the reset button that will undo all of those changes at once.
And I'm back to ground zero, before I added any corrections to the image. I can even undo the fact that I click the reset button by going up to the undo button and clicking there, and that brings back all the changes that I just made. Another way to undo multiple changes is to step back in time one step at a time. And I like to do it that way, because then I can see exactly what I'm undoing. I'll go over to the edit menu, and I'm going to choose the first command which is undo and it lists exactly what I'm undoing, in this case the color balance or the temperature intent.
And then to move back another step, I'll go to the edit menu again, and this time I'll undo Hue and Saturation, and one more time to undo my Smart Fix correction. And if all else fails, I always have a revert command here to take me back to the last saved version of the image. Now let's switch gears, I would like to show you another element of how the controls work here in the Quick Fix workspace, and that is preview thumbnails for each correction. To show you that I'm going to switch to another image by double-clicking it here in the Project bin, and then I'll go over to the corrections and I'm going to work with the saturation correction.
But what I'm about to show you works with any of the sliders here in this panel. To the right of this slider there is an arrow, if I click that arrow, I see thumbnail previews of how the image will look at different saturation levels. And if I hover over any one of these previews, I can see a larger version of that up in the document window. So this way I can test how the image will look at different saturation levels. And instead of just blindly dragging the saturation slider, I can do this until I find a result that I like, and then I can click on that thumbnail.
And if I move off the thumbnails that saturation level will stay on the image. Similarly if I go down to the hue slider, I can click the arrow to the right of it, and I see some thumbnails representing how the image would look at different levels of the hue slider. If I hover over any one of these thumbnails, I can get a sense of how the image will look, if I were to make that choice with different hue corrections. And if I see one that I like I can click on it. And it will stay with the image when I move my mouse away. Notice that there is one thumbnail that has an orange curved arrow in it, that represents the original image.
Now when I'm ready to commit my changes to both saturation and hue, I'll go up to the title bar of the color section, and I'll click the check mark there. So you have several different options for applying corrections in the Quick Fix workspace. You have the preview thumbnails that I just showed you, you have sliders that give you some control over each of the corrections, and you have the simplest way to apply corrections the auto buttons.
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