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Quick Fixes with Photoshop Elements 10

Quick overall tonal adjustments


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Quick Fixes with Photoshop Elements 10

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Video: Quick overall tonal adjustments

When we talk about Tonality in a photo, we're really talking about the differences between light areas and dark areas. All of the effects of light in the photo, both bright highlights and deep, dark shadows. And generally speaking, we actually like relatively high contrast in an image. We like the bright areas to appear nice and bright, and we like the shadow areas to appear nice and dark, and overall the image has to have what appears to be a good tonal value, good brightness. That can be a little bit tricky, but fortunately we can also automatically apply these adjustments and that can be done through Auto Levels. On the Enhance menu, you'll find an Auto Levels command. And what this command will do is adjust the value for the blacks and the whites in the image, the darkest areas and the brightest areas, in order to achieve a wider tonal range within the image.

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Quick Fixes with Photoshop Elements 10
1h 57m Beginner Jan 17, 2012

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Life moves fast, and you can't just press "pause" to get the exact photo you want. Nor is it easy to find a lot of time to fix images after the fact. In this workshop author and expert Tim Grey shows you how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to make a big impact on your digital photographs in a short time. After getting a quick overview of the Elements interface, learn how to fix problems with lighting, color, noise, and red eye. If you like, you can then move on to explore more advanced techniques like removing unwanted objects from an image, replacing the background, reducing depth of field, and more. This course teaches all the skills you need to create images with staying power.

Topics include:
  • Importing images
  • Basic quick fixes in the Organizer
  • Opening images in the Editor
  • Lighting improvements
  • Color improvements
  • Removing distractions
  • Applying a soft focus effect
  • Replacing the sky
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Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Tim Grey

Quick overall tonal adjustments

When we talk about Tonality in a photo, we're really talking about the differences between light areas and dark areas. All of the effects of light in the photo, both bright highlights and deep, dark shadows. And generally speaking, we actually like relatively high contrast in an image. We like the bright areas to appear nice and bright, and we like the shadow areas to appear nice and dark, and overall the image has to have what appears to be a good tonal value, good brightness. That can be a little bit tricky, but fortunately we can also automatically apply these adjustments and that can be done through Auto Levels. On the Enhance menu, you'll find an Auto Levels command. And what this command will do is adjust the value for the blacks and the whites in the image, the darkest areas and the brightest areas, in order to achieve a wider tonal range within the image.

Auto Levels will also adjust the middle tone values. These are all of the brightness levels found in between black and white. The result is generally an image that has improved contrast and an appropriate brightness level. Let's take a look, I'll choose Enhance Auto Levels from the menu, and you can see that the image really has a lot more pop. We've brightened up the overall image and enhanced overall contrast. Keep in mind that besides accessing Auto Levels from the Enhance menu, you can also work in Quick Edit mode, and in the Quick Edit mode, you'll find an Auto button associated with Levels. That will apply the exact same adjustments as choosing Auto Levels from the Enhance menu.

Either way you approach though, you can bet that in most situations a simple Auto Levels Adjustment will improve the overall Tonality in your photos.

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