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Using Quick Fix for color

From: Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

Video: Using Quick Fix for color

I'm not usually an auto button kind of girl; I like to move the settings and sliders around myself. In other words I like to be in control of my settings and adjustments. But there are a few auto buttons in the Quick menu that especially when used together can work really well and are worth taking a look at. Begin by duplicating your layer by right-clicking on it and selecting Duplicate layer, name your layer, I will name this layer Quick Color and click OK to select.

Using Quick Fix for color

I'm not usually an auto button kind of girl; I like to move the settings and sliders around myself. In other words I like to be in control of my settings and adjustments. But there are a few auto buttons in the Quick menu that especially when used together can work really well and are worth taking a look at. Begin by duplicating your layer by right-clicking on it and selecting Duplicate layer, name your layer, I will name this layer Quick Color and click OK to select.

With the Quick Color layer active go to the upper right-hand corner and select Quick in the Edit menu, if your PROJECT BIN is showing double-click on the tab to hide it, you can choose your view during Before or After, After Only, Before Only and you're Before and After you can choose to have Horizontal or Vertical, I find horizontal better because you can check them side by side. At the top is Smart Fix and next to that is an Auto button, go ahead and click that you can see it did a good job of lessening the red cast but by combining this step with another auto selection it could look even better.

Let's go down to the Color Selection and hit that Auto button, now that got the red out. But let's see if we can make it even better, lets go back up to the Lighting menu and hit Auto Levels and you can see that really didn't do much but you can always go down to the sliders and see if it makes it any better. Let's move the Shadows over and see if that works any or keep it down here and I think that's looks a little better down at the bottom. Now let's move Midtones now, its what we would really like to do and I think the Midtones can do the best is take care of this hazy gray around the photo, we're going to try to get rid of that and if we bring the midtones over, that works.

Now let's try the Highlights, oh! And that works even better. Keep it right around 40. Notice after you move the sliders there's a Check and an X that appear, select the check mark if you want to keep the adjustment or the X if you would rather not. Keep in mind though that this option is only available while you're in that particular adjustment, if you don't choose to check or the X and move on to another slide or adjustment, the changes are kept and this option to get out of this goes away.

If we go down to Color and move the Saturation slider the Checkmark and the X is gone away and it now appears next to Color. So be sure to keep that in mind while you're in that dialog, if you want to go back to your original photo and start again, click the reset button at the bottom. So you can see that even if you're not an auto button kind of person, you should still give them a chance to show you what they can do. Play around experiment and combine auto buttons it's always worth a try and may very well surprise you.

Sometimes various techniques and settings may not work perfectly on their own, but can be just the thing when used in combination.

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Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 13m 20s
    1. Identifying your media
      2m 45s
    2. Determining your equipment needs
      2m 24s
    3. Setting your scanner
      3m 26s
    4. Scanning negatives, slides, and film
      1m 11s
    5. Digitizing damaged and delicate photos
      3m 34s
  3. 10m 51s
    1. Importing photos into the Organizer
      3m 34s
    2. Adding captions and notes
      2m 47s
    3. Adding keyword and smart tags
      4m 30s
  4. 25m 11s
    1. Using Levels
      4m 7s
    2. Fixing fades with Threshold
      3m 22s
    3. Adjusting contrast using Color Curves
      4m 18s
    4. Darkening images with blend modes
      2m 12s
    5. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      2m 2s
    6. Using Quick Fix for lighting
      4m 12s
    7. Fixing automatically with Guided Edit
      4m 58s
  5. 18m 59s
    1. Using Levels to fix color
      3m 29s
    2. Correcting color automatically with Enhance
      3m 39s
    3. Correcting color with complementary colors
      5m 19s
    4. Using Color Variations
      3m 28s
    5. Using Quick Fix for color
      3m 4s
  6. 22m 37s
    1. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      5m 24s
    2. Using the Healing Brush
      5m 5s
    3. Working with newspaper and magazine images
      3m 12s
    4. Softening paper texture
      4m 40s
    5. Taming fingerprints
      4m 16s
  7. 42m 52s
    1. Repairing small rips and creases
      4m 22s
    2. Repairing large tears
      8m 22s
    3. Filling in missing pieces
      5m 36s
    4. Reassembling a photo from pieces
      10m 12s
    5. Fixing and replacing backgrounds
      5m 0s
    6. Using Photomerge with panoramas
      3m 59s
    7. Repairing documents
      5m 21s
  8. 22m 48s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 1s
    2. Making a calendar
      3m 52s
    3. Creating a personalized greeting card
      4m 26s
    4. Making a slideshow (Windows only)
      4m 22s
    5. Creating a flyer
      4m 7s
  9. 25s
    1. Final thoughts
      25s

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