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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan 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.
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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