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The course begins with a look at how to import your photos into Elements, and then dives right into editing photos with the Photo Fix, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit workspaces. Jan also introduces the Expert Edit workspace, which provides tools for making selections, retouching, compositing, adding text, and more. Finally, the course reviews the Elements 11 sharing features, including crafting photo creations like greeting cards, emailing photos, and sharing photos on Facebook.
- What is Elements?
- Working with catalogs
- Importing photos from your computer, camera, or iPhoto
- Applying one-click photo adjustments in the Organizer
- Using Quick Edit and Guided Edit in the Editor
- Retouching with the Healing Brush tools
- Correcting skin tones
- Editing automatically with actions
- Organizing photos by people, places, or events
- Sharing photos by email and on Facebook
Skill Level Beginner
Red eye is that red glow that you sometimes get in the subject's eyes when you've used flash on your camera. There are several places in Elements to correct redeye including right here using the Photo Fix Options. This is such a quick and easy fix that I'll often try here in the Organizer. I'll start by zooming in on this image to single image view by double-clicking the thumbnail in the grid, and now you can really see the red in the eyes. Now, this is just a snapshot, it's not a very good photo, but I'd still like to clean up that red. All I have to do is go over to the Photo Fix Options, and click the Red Eye icon.
It takes Elements just a second to do the job. At this point, you might see a message that tells you that Elements is done fixing the redeye, and explains that it's created a copy of the image and put it in a version set with the original as I covered in the last couple of movies. If you don't want to see that message, check the Don't show again box and close it as I did long ago. So that's all there is to the redeye correction in Photo Fix. Now, you may not like the result; maybe you think that the eyes are too black. If that's the case, then you can try using the Redeye Control in the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor.
There, in addition to the Auto Correction, you have a couple of sliders to control the strength and the location of the fix. If I were going to do that, then I would double-click to go back to Grid View, I would expand the version set, and I would delete this corrected version by selecting it and then right- clicking and choosing Delete from Catalog. Since I don't like it, I probably would also delete the selected item from the hard-disk. But, be aware that when you make this choice, the photo not only will not show up in your Elements catalog, it will actually be deleted from your computer altogether.
I'm going to do that, clicking OK, and now I could take that same photo into the Quick Edit workspace, and try Red Eye Correction again with a little more control. The Quick Edit workspace is the subject of the next chapter.
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