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Next, Jan addresses Elements’ Quick Photo Edit and Guided Photo Edit workspaces, which streamline and simplify many common photo-editing tasks. She then introduces the basics of editing in the Full Photo Edit workspace, which provides tools for selecting portions of images, retouching, compositing images, adding text, and more.
The course wraps up with an overview of Elements 10's sharing features, including creating greeting cards, printing and emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
- Importing photos
- Keyword tagging
- Arranging photos in albums
- Finding similar photos
- Processing photos in Quick Edit
- Simulating depth of field with Guided Edit
- Retouching blemishes
- Adding text to a selection
- Correcting lighting and color
- Making photo creations
- Sharing photos via email
- Printing photos
Skill Level Beginner
You can use the color controls in the Quick Photo Edit workspace to fix common color problems in your photos, like a color cast, or too much color saturation, or not enough saturation. I am going to open a couple of photos into the Quick Photo Edit workspace from here in the Organizer, selecting them, and then clicking the arrow to the right of the Fix tab, and choosing Quick Photo Edit. The color controls in the Quick Photo Edit workspace are located in two sections: the Color section, and the Balance section. I think this photo has a couple of color problems.
First of all, it has a real obvious orange color cast. That's caused by the lighting in the location where I took the photo. I also think that this photo is oversaturated. Its colors are just too intense. Now, many photos needs some additional color saturation; I think in this instance I'd like to cut back on the color saturation. I can try to fix all of those problems by going to the Color section, and clicking the Auto button here, which is kind of a one stop shop for fixing color problems. And that did cut back on the color saturation, and it tried to neutralize that orange color cast.
It made the image a little bit too blue, but I think that's better than the bright orange, so I might go with that. If you want more control over fixing color problems than you get with the Auto Color button, you can try using the sliders in the Color section, and in the Balance section. To show you that, I'll switch to another photo double-clicking the left-hand thumbnail down here in the Project Bin. This photo is also oversaturated, and does have an orange color cast. To try to fix the color cast, I'll start down in the Balance section.
Here there are two sliders; the Temperature slider, and the Tint slider. Because this photo is obviously too orange, I'll start with the Temperature slider, dragging it to the left to try to remove some of that orange color cast. Now I want to try to counteract this kind of greenish-blue that I see in some of the shelf here, so I'll take that Tint slider and drag it from green toward magenta. When I'm happy with the changes I've made to the Color Balance, I'll click the check mark in the Balance section. Now I want to try to correct the oversaturation of color in this photo.
To do that, I'll go up to the Color section. I'll click on the Saturation slider and I am going to drag that the left to make the photo less saturated. That's not a perfect result, but I think the photo now looks much more like the scene that I photographed than the oversaturated orange version on the left. Since I'm satisfied with the saturation change that I made, I'll click the check mark here at the top of the Color section. There's one more color-related slider in Quick Photo Edit, and that's the Hue slider. Changing the hue changes the overall color of the photo.
So you can see, if I drag that to the left, I start to get this abstract red look to the photo, and this can be interesting for a nonrealistic photo; one that emphasizes pattern and texture over the original content. If I like that result, I can click the check mark here. I think I'm going to click the X to undo that, and I'll stick with what I have here. At this point, I would save the image and close it, as I showed you how to do in an earlier movie in this chapter. So that's how to use the color related controls here in the Color section and the Balance section of the Quick Photo Edit to fix common color problems in your photos.