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Using Quick Fix touchup tools

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Using Quick Fix touchup tools

The Quick Fix Workspace has a small toolbar over on the left that contains in addition to a Zoom tool and a Hand tool, a quick selection tool and a crop tool, these four touch up tools here, which include a tool for eliminating red eye caused by camera flash, a tool for whitening teeth, a tool for making dull skies blue, and a tool for converting a color image to black-and-white. I'll start by showing you the Red Eye tool selecting it in his toolbar, and then I'm going to zoom in by pressing Command+Plus a couple of times, and I'll hold the spacebar and drag until I can see the girl's eyes.

Using Quick Fix touchup tools

The Quick Fix Workspace has a small toolbar over on the left that contains in addition to a Zoom tool and a Hand tool, a quick selection tool and a crop tool, these four touch up tools here, which include a tool for eliminating red eye caused by camera flash, a tool for whitening teeth, a tool for making dull skies blue, and a tool for converting a color image to black-and-white. I'll start by showing you the Red Eye tool selecting it in his toolbar, and then I'm going to zoom in by pressing Command+Plus a couple of times, and I'll hold the spacebar and drag until I can see the girl's eyes.

The red glow that you see in her eyes is caused by the camera's flash reflecting off the back of her eye. To eliminate that unearthly color, I'm just going to click with the Red Eye tool on one of her eyes, and the red glow is gone. And I'll do the same on the other eye. If you don't get the results that you want with the Quick Fix Red Eye tool, you can go up to the tool Options bar for that tool and adjust the size of the area that's darkened, or the amount by which the Red eye will be darkened. Now let's take a look at the Whiten Teeth tool. I'll select that tool in the toolbox, and I am going to bring up another image from the Project Bin, the image called teeth.jpg, by double-clicking its thumbnail, and then I'll zoom in by pressing Command+Plus a couple of times.

Notice that the girl's teeth are a little bit yellow. I can fix that with just a couple strokes with the Whiten Teeth tool. The first thing I want to do is move my mouse over her teeth to check whether the size of the brush tip is bigger than her teeth. Because it is, I am going to press the left bracket key on my keyboard a few times to make the size of the brush smaller, and then I'm going to just click-and-drag over her teeth, which both selects the teeth and lightens them at the same time. If I want to add some areas to this selection, I can just click-and-drag again, and if I go too far adding part of her lip into the selection, I can go up to the Options bar and click this brush tip with a Minus symbol on it, and then come back in.

I'll make my brush a little smaller by pressing the left bracket key, and I'll remove those areas from the lightened selection. Now I'll deselect by pressing Command+ D on my keyboard, and then to compare a Before and After view, I'll go down to the View menu, and I'll change that to Before and After Horizontal, and then I'll hold down the spacebar and click-and-drag in either of the previews, so that I can see her teeth here in the After view and a little darker and yellower here in the Before view.

I'll go back to the After view by returning to the View menu and choosing After Only. Now I am going to open another image to show you the next tool, the Blue Skies tool. I'll double-click on this image called blue sky.jpg in the Project Bin, and then I'll select the Blue Skies tool by clicking on it in the toolbar. I'll move into the image, and I'm going to make my brush slightly bigger by pressing the Right Bracket key. I don't want to make the brush tip too big, because this tool works better with a relatively small brush, and then I am going to click-and-drag over the sky.

This tool makes a quick selection of the sky, and at the same time makes the sky bluer and more saturated. Notice that the selection and the change includes part of the camera and the man's hand. I can subtract those areas from the selection by going up to the Options bar for this tool and clicking on the Subtract from Selection icon. Then I'll move into the image, I am going to make my brush a little smaller by pressing Left Bracket key a few times, and I'm going to subtract the man's fingers from this selection, as well as the camera here.

Now I want to add this area between his arms to the selection, so I'll go back to the Options bar and I'll click the Add to Selection icon here, the one with the Plus symbol on it, and then I'll click-and-drag over that area between his arms, and I am also going to fine-tune this area right here, adding that back into the selection. I'll press Command+D to deselect, and then I'll show you a Before and After view going to the View menu and choosing Before and After Horizontal. So you can see that this tool did saturate and make the sky more blue. I'll go back to the After View from the View menu, and then I'm going to bring up the last image here, the blue cloak JPEG, by double-clicking its thumbnail in the Project Bin.

What I would like to do here is to convert the background to black-and-white, leaving the mannequin and the cloak and the hat in color, so the viewer's eye focuses there. I'll go to the toolbar, and I'll select the Black-and-White High Contrast tool. I'll move into the image and make my brush tip a little bit bigger, and then I am just going to click-and-drag over the background, and the tool selects the background based on tone, color, and edge, and at the same time converts it from color to high contrast black and white.

Now let's just say that I go a little too far include the hat by mistake, I can go up to the Options bar for this tool, select the Subtract from Selection option, and come in and draw back over the hat to convert it back to color, and then I'll deselect by pressing Command+D on my keyboard. Now the results that you get here in Quick Fix with these touch up tools are all preset results, but you can customize the result of a couple of these tools, in particular, the Whiten Teeth tool, and the Blue Skies tool, by switching into Full Edit mode.

So I'm going to go back and reopen the image on which I use the Whiten Teeth tool, teeth.jpg, by double-clicking it in the Project Bin, and then I'll set that to 100% view by double-clicking the Zoom tool. Now I'll go to the Edit Quick Tab, click the arrow to the right of it, and choose Edit Full. That opens all four of the images that were in the Project Bin into document tabs here in the full edit workspace, and I'll explain more about document tabs in this workspace in a later movie. But for now, I'd like you to take a look at the layers panel that shows the two layers that now make up teeth.jpg. The photo is on the background layer, but there is another layer here called pearly whites.

This is an Adjustment Type layer that was made by the Whiten Teeth tool. I'll explain all about Adjustment layers later in the course, but for now I want to show you that you can fine-tune or customize this adjustment layer here in Full Edit mode. For example, let's say that I want the girl's teeth to be a little whiter than they currently are. Let me zoom in first, so that you can see that better by pressing Command+Plus on my keyboard. I'll select the pearly whites adjustment layer. Take a look at the Opacity field at the top of the layers panel. You'll notice that the Whiten Teeth tool set that to only 50% opacity.

I can increase the opacity by moving my mouse under the Opacity label, until I see this double pointed finger icon and then scrubbing to the right. And as I do the girls teeth get brighter, and if I think I've gone a little bit too far, I can move my mouse over the Opacity label and drag a little bit to the left, until I like the result. Now not all of the Touch Up tools can be customized in this way. So for example, if I reopen the blue cloak.jpg by double-clicking it in the project bar, notice in the layers panel that there is a high contrast red filter layer, and that was created by the high contrast black and white tool in Quick Fix, but notice that there is a symbol on this layer indicating that this is a non-editable adjustment.

So I cannot make any changes to this adjustment layer as I could do to the adjustment layer made by the Whiten Teeth tool, or the adjustment layer that's made by the blue skies tool. So that's a quick look at the Touch Up tools that you'll find an Element's Quick Fix Workspace. These tools can come in really handy when you need to make one of the specific adjustments to a photo that they allow.

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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