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Using Quick Fix for lighting

From: Photoshop Elements 9: Scanning and Restoring Photos

Video: Using Quick Fix for lighting

The QuickFix menu, in Photoshop Elements 9, gives you a number of options for making quick fixes to your photos. One of the choices, Lighting, is another way to adjust contrast and bring a faded photo back quickly and easily. It's not something you'll want to use on every photo, but it's certainly another option for you to try. Quick menu lighting is sort of like levels on the fly. You're using sliders to adjust; you're just not seeing the histogram or using the eyedroppers. Be aware that when you're adjusting the Quick menu, the adjustments happen on the layer itself, not on an adjustment layer, so you'll need to duplicate the original layer by using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J or Command+J or by right-clicking on the original and selecting Duplicate layer.

Using Quick Fix for lighting

The QuickFix menu, in Photoshop Elements 9, gives you a number of options for making quick fixes to your photos. One of the choices, Lighting, is another way to adjust contrast and bring a faded photo back quickly and easily. It's not something you'll want to use on every photo, but it's certainly another option for you to try. Quick menu lighting is sort of like levels on the fly. You're using sliders to adjust; you're just not seeing the histogram or using the eyedroppers. Be aware that when you're adjusting the Quick menu, the adjustments happen on the layer itself, not on an adjustment layer, so you'll need to duplicate the original layer by using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J or Command+J or by right-clicking on the original and selecting Duplicate layer.

Let's do that right now and let's name it something like Quick, click OK. The Edit menu, located at the top-right of the screen in Photoshop Elements 9, is broken up into three categories Full, Quick and Guided. Let's click on Quick. If your Project Bin is opened at the bottom of the window, double-click on the tab to hide it. You'll want to see your whole photo.

Something that's very helpful in the QuickFix menu is the option to change your view. At the lower left-hand corner over the Project Bin and under the photo, is a dropdown menu labeled View. Clicking on it, you'll see a number of view choices including some for Before & After. If you choose Before & After - Horizontal, you get a nice before and after shot next to each other. This allows you to see the changes you make side-by-side. On the right of the photo under Smart Fix is the Lighting dialog box.

At the top is Levels and next to Levels is the Auto button. Let's hit the button just to see what happens. The best way to learn is to try, so you should hit buttons and the adjust sliders all the time. You won't blow it up and you can always get back to where you started by pressing the Reset button here at the bottom. Let's do that now and then we'll try the next Auto button down, this one for Contrast. You may look out and find that one or both of the Auto buttons was the magic bullet after all and fixed everything up, well, automatically, but there are two reasons you shouldn't start and stop with hitting Auto; one, you may miss out finding something else that works better and makes the restoration look better and two, it will prevent you from being better both at learning your software and photo restoration.

Let's hit the Reset button again and look at the three sliders located under the Auto adjustment buttons, Shadows, Midtones and Highlights. The Shadow slider is set by default to the far left, representing the darkest areas in the photo. Moving the slider to the right will lighten the darks in the photo. Let's find a good point here at about 23. The Midtones slider is by default in the middle. We'll leave that there for right now and go to the Highlights slider and if you'll notice, it's also set by default to the far right, but the gradient is switched on this, having the lights on the left side moving over to the darks.

Let's move this over and see what happens. We'll keep that at about 7. You can move these around after you've done them all and see what happens if anything -- let's move the Midtones slider a bit and keep that about 26. That looks pretty good. It's pretty yellow, but it did a decent job. Something you'll want to keep in mind, when we move these sliders in Lighting, the Reset button doesn't automatically become selectable. You'll need to come over to your Project Bin and click on it and then you can hit your Reset button to get back to where you were. Let's do that now.

Basically, Quick Lighting is a very simple way of applying levels adjustments to your photograph using sliders instead of histograms and eyedroppers. As you can see, it can make quite a difference in a short amount of time. It shouldn't be the only tool you use when restoring your photos by any means, but it's definitely worth a look.

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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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