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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.
Almost every digital image can benefit from some sharpening. Sharpening is best done after you've made all your other corrections. So I'll make some quick corrections to this image over in the Task Pane of the Full Photo Edit workspace. I'll go to the Lighting section and I'm going to drag the Highlight slider to the right a bit to darken down the highlights without affecting the shadows and midtones much, and then I'm going to go down to the Balance section. I'd like this image to be a little less blue and more gold or warm. So I'll drag the Temperature slider to the right and I might increase the Saturation a bit for a little more pop in the colors.
I'll click the check mark at the top of the Color section to accept that change. So now I'm done correcting the photo and I'm ready to sharpen it. In order to get the most accurate preview of the Sharpening effect, I need to set the document window to 100% view. So I'm going to collapse my Project Bin to give more room to the photo, by double-clicking the Project Bin tab. And then, with the Zoom tool selected, I'll click the 1:1 option in the Tool Options bar. And as you can see here, the zoom percentage is now 100%.
Then I'll go back over to the Task Pane and down to the Sharpness section of the Full Photo Edit controls. Let's see what happens when I apply Auto Sharpening by clicking this Auto button. You may have noticed that the in- focus parts of the flower did get more crisp-looking, but the blurry parts of the photo, this out-of-focus background, did not get sharper. And that's because sharpening doesn't make blurry parts of a photo less blurry, it just sharpens up areas that already have some relatively noticeable edges.
I'm going to undo Auto Sharpen by going up to the Undo button here at the top of the screen and clicking. And let's see what happens when I use the Sharpen slider instead. I'll drag the Sharpen slider over to the right, and here, as with all the Quick Photo Edit adjustments, I get more control than if I just used the Auto Sharpen button. If I like this result, I have to accept it by clicking this check mark. If I don't like it, I'll click the X. I'm going to click the X for now, so I can show you one more approach to sharpening. I actually like using the photo thumbnails to sharpen, because I get a more clear preview of what I'm choosing.
So I'll click the area to the right of the Sharpen slider, and then I'll scroll down to see the Sharpen thumbnails. Each of these thumbnails represents a different amount of sharpening. And if I move my mouse over one of the thumbnails, you can see a preview of this amount of sharpening on the image. Now, this is obviously too much, the image looks really crispy. So I'll move over another and another and another of the photo thumbnails until I like the effect. And when I do, I can either click and drag to the right or left to fine-tune that amount, or I can just click on that thumbnail to apply that amount, and then I'll move my mouse off that thumbnail.
You can see that, that moved the Sharpen slider to a particular place on the slider. To accept this sharpening, I'll click the check mark. And that's how quick and easy it is to sharpen a photo as the last step in your workflow here in the Quick Photo Edit Workspace.
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