There are many different ways that you can use to modify the properties of a digital image. Adobe Photoshop Elements has great options that can let you do advanced adjustments to your digital images. In this video, author Richard Harrington walks you through how to adjust the exposure of a digital image in Photoshop Elements.
- There are many different ways to adjust the visual properties of an image. We'll take a look at Microsoft's tools in a moment, but I wanted to show you one of my favorite ways for advanced image manipulation. I'm going to show you Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is a affordable standalone piece of software. The tools I show you, though, are available in many other image editors, so you can apply the same technology using a tool of your choice. Let's start by opening up some images that need their exposure adjusted.
I'll navigate to folder five, and go to five one for exposure. Now, in this case, I have two types of files available, the finished JPEGs and raw files that come from a digital camera. One of the benefits of using the raw files from the digital camera is that they have greater latitude for adjustment. Let's click open. When you open up a raw file, a new dialogue opens, and you'll see, for example, that an image that's way too bright can have its exposure recovered and lots of details brought back out.
What's happening here is a histogram, and, ideally, you'll have the information spread out evenly. So, if your blacks aren't crisp enough, you can adjust those. Let's pull the blacks down a little bit, and you see they get nice and crisp, and we can apply some contrast, but, in any case, this really came a long way. Let's just take a look side by side. You see that quite a bit of detail could be recovered.
Similarly, if the file is really dark, using the raw photograph is going to make it a lot easier to recover information. You can try clicking the auto button to let it analyze the image, and it's usually quite good. If certain areas are a little bright, try recovering highlights to rescue details, or lift the shadows to fill in areas that are a bit muddy. In any case, that's a huge improvement over the darker photo that we started with.
Working with the raw files, when possible, is a huge technical advantage. Let's go ahead and click done here for a moment and instead work with the JPEG files. Now, in this case, I'll use the quick method here, and you'll see that there are some quick presets to speed things along. You can try Smart Fix and click from a series of presets to intelligently analyze the image and attempt to fix it. Want a little more control? Jump into exposure, and you can lighten or darken the image as needed until you get the results that you want, or use the more advanced Lighting command, so you can play with things for shadows and midtones.
Notice how you can quickly change there for lifting the shadows. I'll leave those alone, but instead I'll go to midtones and darken just a little bit, and also recover the highlights here, and you see that we can bring that back. Now there are lots of choices in here, and you can easily use these presets to adjust the image to your liking. Adding and subtracting color or exposure information.
We also, of course, have control in the expert area, which is where I would suggest you try to get to. In this case, you'll have better control over adjusting the image. For example, I can choose Enhance, Auto Smart Fix, which is going to attempt to fix the image, and it brings quite a bit of detail back. Additionally, if you need to, you can take advantage of other options here, like Auto Levels to fix the exposure, and, as you deem necessary, you can tweak things.
You can easily take a look at what's been applied to the image, and we can start to make further adjustments. For example, I can click the Layer menu and choose New Adjustment Layer, and apply a Levels Adjustment layer. Now I can make a nice adjustment to refine the exposure to taste, and the image is improved. Remember, when you're done, simply choose File, Save for Web, and you can export the content for use inside of your office document.
Feel free to type in the target size in pixels if needed and adjust the quality settings, and then click save to make the new file.
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- Converting file formats with Adobe tools and free utilities
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- Adjusting the exposure, color, and size of an image
- Making essential image adjustments in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
- Adjusting images with online image editors
- Adjusting images in a PDF file with Acrobat Pro
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