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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
There are some tools in the Quick Fix workspace toolbar that will help you to correct some common photo problems. And that's what I'm going to show you in this lesson. I am going to open four images from the 05_04 folder. I'll do that from here in the Organizer by selecting the first, holding the Shift key and selecting the last of the images, and then going to the Fix tab and choosing Quick Photo Edit in order to open all four images into the Quick Fix workspace. You'll see the four images in Thumbnail View down here in the Project bin.
I would like to start with this image right here, the one called redeye.jpg. So I'm going to double-click it in the Project bin, to open it in the document window. And then I'm going to zoom in, selecting Zoom tool, and the plus symbol in the Options bar for the Zoom tool, and then clicking on the girl's face several times, so that it's close enough to see the red in her eyes. This is caused by the flash on a camera reflecting off of the redness in her eyes. This can be fixed in Quick Fix using the Redeye Removal tool right here in the toolbar.
There is a similar tool in the Full Edit workspace, but I'm going to work right here in Quick Fix. So I'll select this tool and then I'll move over to the girl's eye, and I'll click on one of her eyes, and in just a moment the red has been replaced by a dark gray. If you think that this color isn't dark enough or is too dark, you could undo, and then go to the Darken Amount field in the Options bar, click there and make the replacement color darker or lighter.
I'll put it right here, and then once again I'll click on the eye to replace the red with a darker gray. Similarly I could adjust the pupil size if the gray were too big or too small to just cover the red in that eye. And now I'll click on the girl's other eye, and that's how quick and easy it is to use the Redeye Removal tool in the Quick Fix workspace. I am going to close this image. Normally I would click Yes indicating that I did want to say it, but for purposes of time I'm just going to click No here, and I'm going to open another image.
This image of the cloak from the Project Bin. I'll double-click the cloak thumbnail, and it shows up here in a document window. I'll get to Zoom tool and I'm going to choose the Fit Screen option, so that I can see the entire image in the document window. First I would like to show you this tool, the Quick Selection tool, which is used to select part of an image so that whatever changes you make using the Quick fix controls affect only the selected area of the image. So let's say that I want to change the color of the hat on this mannequin.
With the Quick Fix tool I can come in. Maybe I'll make my brush a little bigger than it is. It's quite small and fast way to do that is to press the Right Bracket key on your keyboard. The Right Bracket key is near the P key. With the brush a little bigger I'll just click-and-drag over the hat and all similar tone and color that is consecutive is selected. Now with this tool, if I were to click again, I would automatically be adding to the selection. So in this case I did click and I got more than I bargained for, I did not mean to select all of this green wall.
That's okay because I can just go to the Options bar for the Quick Selection tool and choose Subtract from Selection and then brush over the area that I do not want included in my selection. And if I need to add some back in, I'll got up to the Options Bar and click the Add To Selection button. To add to the selection I'm going to make my brush a little smaller and then I'll carefully brush over just that bit that I want to add in. Now with that selection made, I could come over say to the Color section and move the Hue slider, and that would change the hue of just the area that's selected.
When I'm done with that change, I'll accept it by clicking this checkmark at the top of the Color section, and once I've done that, I'm free to deselect by pressing Ctrl+D on my keyboard. And the animated marching ants that identify the selection are removed. Now there's a similar principle at work with the three tools that you see here in the toolbar, the Touchup tools. One of those, Black and White High Contrast, will both select an area like the Quick Selection tool does and convert it from color to high contrast black and white.
To see how that works I'll select that tool. I'll come into this image, and I'm going to make my brush a little bigger by pressing the Right Bracket key, and then I'm going to click-and-drag over this poster converting it to high contrast black and white. Now if I go too far just like with the Quick Selection tool, I can eliminate the extra bit that I didn't intend to select and convert, by going up to the Options bar for this tool, and pressing the minus icon, coming into the image and dragging over the area that I don't want to convert to black-and-white.
And when I'm done, I'll press Ctrl+D to eliminate the marching ant selection. Now for those of you who are already familiar with the Full Editor in Photoshop Elements, I would like to show you what's happened here behind the scenes. I'm going to up to the Quick Edit tab, click there, and choose Edit Full, and that takes the image with the changes that I've made from the Quick Fix workspace to the Full Edit workspace where I can see the layers in the file. And you'll notice that there is a high contrast red filter layer.
This is what was created by the tool that I just used in Quick Fix. But the thing that you need to know about this particular adjustment layer is that you cannot edit it even here in Full Edit Mode. If I try to double-click the icon here to edit this I'm told that this is an adjustment layer that was created in the full version of Photoshop and therefore cannot be edited in Photoshop Elements. So you just have to accept this layer the way it is, even in the Full Edit workspace. I'm going to go back into the Quick Edit workspace by moving up to the Edit Full tab here in the Full Edit workspace clicking and choosing Edit Quick.
Now I'm going to close this image. I would normally save it but I'll just click No here in the interest of time. And I'd like to show you another tool here in the toolbox, the Whiten Teeth tool. If you don't have this image open, you can open it from the Project Bin by double-clicking its thumbnail. I'm going to get my Zoom tool and with the Zoom tool set to zoom in, I'll click in the vicinity of the girl's face so that I can zoom in close enough to see both the girl and the boy's teeth.
Then I'll click on the Whiten Teeth tool in the Quick Fix toolbar. This tool will automatically select just like the Quick Selection tool, and will brighten the selected area. So I come over the face of the boy, I'm going to make my brush smaller by pressing the Left Bracket key on the keyboard that's right next to the P key. And then I'm going to click and drag over the boy's teeth. Now if I go too far and get part of his lips, I'll go to the Tool Options for the Whiten Teeth tool, I'll choose the Subtract icon, and I'll drag over the areas that I don't want to be whitened, his lips.
And that's caused the area inside of the selection boundary to become a bit whiter. I'd also like to whiten the girl's teeth at the same time. So I go to the Options bar for the Whiten Teeth tool and I'll choose Add to Selection, and then I'll come in and move my mouse over the girl's teeth. If I go too far, I'll get the minus icon in the Options bar and drag over the area that I don't want to whitened, her lips. And now I'm going to eliminate the marching ants by pressing Ctrl+D on the keyboard.
I've managed to whiten the teeth of both the girl and the boy, and to show you a comparison I'll change the view from After Only to Before & After Horizontal. So now you can compare the original of the boy's teeth to the boy's teeth with that change. I'll get my Hand tool and I'll drag to the left so that you can see that the girl's teeth over here are also whiter. Although I have a little bit of touchup work to do here. So basically what the Whiten Teeth tool is doing is just what the Quick Selection tool does except that with the Whiten Teeth tool you don't have to bother setting any controls over in the Quick Fix panel.
Now to show you what's happening behind the scenes, I'm going to take this image into Full Edit Mode by going to be Edit Quick tab and choosing Edit Full. And then I'll double-click on the Layers tab to open the Layers panel. So you can see that above the photo later, there is a layer called Pearly Whites, I didn't name that. That's what the tool names at and this is actually a fill layer, which was automatically applied by that tool and was set to a special blending mode, to blend the whitening with the rest of the image.
You will learn more about related layers, like adjustment layers when I cover Full Edit Mode. But I wanted those of you who already know about this to understand what that Whiten Teeth tool was doing and to know that you can edit the results of the Whiten Teeth tool here in Full Edit Mode. Now I'm going to go back to the Edit Full tab, and choose Edit Quick to go back to Quick Fix Mode and I'm going to close this image. I won't bother saving for now, and I'm going to change the view to After Only. To show you yet one more tool here in the Quick Fix toolbar and that's the Blue Skies tool right here.
What this tool does is take a dull sky and make it more blue. So I'll select the tool, I'll move into this image and I'll start dragging and that creates a selection. Very similar to the selection you might get with the Quick Selection tool but including a change in color. Now I went too far and I included the man's hands in the camera. So I'll go up to the Options bar for this tool and I'll choose Subtract from Selection and I'll run my mouse over the areas where I don't want the color to change, and then I do want the color to change in here.
So I'll get the plus option in the Options bar and I'll drag inside the area between his arms. Now I'll press Ctrl+D to deselect and I've managed to intensify the color in the sky. This also has created an editable fill layer, which you could see and work on further if you switched this image over to Full Edit Mode. But I'm going to leave things as is for now. So of all the tools I have shown you here, I would say that the Quick Selection tool is the one you'll use most. Selecting areas to which you want to limit the changes that you make here in the Quick Fix panels, but you also have the option to use these specialty tools where relevant: the Redeye Removal tool, the Whiten Teeth tool, the Convert to High Contrast Black and White tool and the Blue Skies tool.
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