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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Now, I'd like to show you how to apply color adjustments to your images using the Color sliders available on Quick Fix Edit mode. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing our exercise files folders here in the Content panel in Bridge. I'm going to go ahead and double-click the Chapter 5 folder, double-click the Color sliders folder. Select both of these images by Shift-clicking and then double-click either one to open them both up in the Elements' Editing workspace. All right, well we want to work with these in Quick Fix Mode. So over in the Edit tab, let's click the Quick button and that gives us access to our Quick Fix controls as you can see over here.
What I want to do is focus on this image first, this image of my son Enzo playing on the beach and I want to focus on these sliders down here in the Color portion of the Quick Fix controls. Once again, these sliders down here have no effect on the Auto button. The Auto button is a one-click fix control and it's meant to be used separately from these sliders. The sliders are more of a manual control. I'd like to show you how to use those now using this image as an example. The first slider I want to focus on is the Saturation slider and you'll notice that behind the slider control, we have this color that fades to gray.
It's a bright cyan down to almost matching the gray of the interface in the background. What that means is if we drag the slider to the right, colors are going to appear more vivid in the image. As you can see there I'm doing this in an extreme sense here. I certainly wouldn't want to drag that far, but just to give you an idea of what happens when you drag to the right. Now when you drag to the left, the colors appear more muted to the point where if you drag it all the way to the left, you have a gray scale or black and white image. It's completely desaturated.
All right, so what I would like to do using this slider in order to improve the image is just boost the vividness of the colors in the image slightly and drag this to the right just a little bit so that the oranges and the yellows and the blues are just appearing a little bit more vivid in the image. Notice it's also effecting the skin tone and I think it's actually having a nice effect because I think he has like a little bit pale on the Before image, not so pale on the After. But we don't want to drag it so far that he's starting to appear sunburned. So using with discretion.
Now if you wanted to, you could go ahead and apply this or you can also add a Hue adjustment in addition before doing that. But I think I'm going to go ahead and just apply this now by clicking the green check. What you want to be aware of as you can only make adjustments on these two bars first before you have to apply. If you click these down here, these will automatically apply. So these are kind of done in sets here, the top two sliders and then the bottom two sliders. That's what this dividing line is indicating. All right, so I have applied the Saturation adjustment. Now I want to make a Hue adjustment. Now when you move the Hue slider, it's going to rotate all of the colors in the image and shift them around the color wheel. So it's going to make a pretty drastic adjustment to all of the colors in the image. So you can get some really weird effects in here. I don't necessarily suggest that this is a good thing you do to make your image look better. However, if you're going for some sort of creative effect of some sort of psychedelic thing, you can actually get those kinds of effects using the Hue slider. What I think I'd rather do is Undo that by clicking the Cancel button up in the upper right there.
Instead I want to use this to just make an adjustment to a specific area of the image and so what that means is I have to make a selection. I'm going to do that using this Quick Selection tool, which I have accessed over here on the left. Click on that tool and then click right over the handle of his shovel here, the beach shovel. When I do that click and drag slightly over it, it can calculate what it is I'm trying to select for me. That's why it's called the Quick Select tool and then you can see the marching ends of our selection. That's indicating that if I were to move the Hue slider now, it's only going to rotate the colors around the color wheel for that selected area.
All right, so here is actually a much more useful way to work with the Hue slider, to adjust the color of just a selected area. All right, so I'm dragging that to left and now we have an orange handle as opposed to a yellow one. I'm going to commit to that by clicking the green check. That's looking pretty good. I'm going to de-select by pressing Command+D. So now I'm going to be adjusting the colors in the entire image overall again, not just that selected area because I no longer have that selection. Next slider is the Temperature slider and this is a great slider for warming or cooling your image. You can get these warming effects by dragging to the right which I think actually adds to this image quite a bit. Although, the color is now maybe not perfect, it's not exactly correct per se, but it adds an interesting effect. A warming effect which I think works. Of course, you can drag to the left to get the opposite effect and cool things off.
If this were an image of snow, it would look much cooler, but it's not. This is an image of the beach. So we want to actually add to the warming effect just by dragging it over just a little bit to the right and I think that's starting to look good to me. I can offset that a little bit by dragging to the left this way, especially in his skin tones. We want to just make this a little bit more in the yellowish area, drag it off to the left. You don't want to get extreme with it. That's going to create more of a greenish-yellow effect. We don't want that. Just a little bit to offset the Temperature effect and then commit to that by clicking the green check. All right, and that's looking pretty good to me.
All right, since we've mentioned the cooling effect that we can apply when we have an image of snow, let's go ahead and open up that image, double-click to bring that up here in our work area, hide the Project bin and let's just really quickly take a look at what happens when we drag in the opposite direction, an image that contains cooler content like snow on these trees. By dragging this to the left, to cool off the image we get this really nice bluish cast. That's working in our favor in this instance.
A lot of times when you hear the word Color Cast, you think that's something you want to remove and a lot of times it is undesirable, but in this case, we're applying a cast using the Temperature slider and it's working in our favor, adding to the image. I think this image is saying a lot more now. We can actually feel the coolness by increasing the blue in the image. All right and again, if we want to add to that a little bit or offset a little bit, we can drag to the right. You don't want to go too far so that things start to get purple, but we can add a little bit to it by dragging the Tint slider just to the right, little bit. Click on the green check mark and we've made a pretty nice adjustment. You can see the before and the after. A lot more life in the image on the right, just as it was with my son Enzo playing on the beach and we've added quite a bit to that image.
All right, so here in this movie we've learned that we can use all four of these Color sliders to make some manual adjustments and improve the colors in our images in Quick Fix Mode.
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