Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Quick Editor: Make basic photo edits, part of Learning Photoshop Elements 2018.
- [Instructor] There are several basic photo edits, that you can perform within the quick edit mode, that are extremely powerful. I'd like to show you a few of them, so you too can see how you can make powerful edits quickly and easily in quick edit mode. So I'm beginning here in the Elements Organizer, and I'm come up here to the search tab, and I'm going to do a search for sunflower. Within these results I'm grab this image here of Claire smiling, and then I'll go back to grid view and click the editor button.
That's open this image in the Elements Editor. Now I'm zoom in on her teeth here, on her smile. What I'm do, is I want to whiten her teeth. So I'm grab this tool, here, which is the whiten teeth tool. And the whiten teeth tool works off of a brush tip size. Now you can adjust the size down here, you can drag this, and keep checking to see what size it is. The other thing you can do is use the left and right bracket keys on your keyboard to adjust your brush size as well.
So depending on what you are trying to do, you can do that. You can also come in here and click in this field for the value and type a specific amount and then hit the enter key. What you want to do here is you want to basically paint with your mouse over the area you're trying to whiten. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start dragging over her teeth, and notice I'm not getting close to the edge of her teeth. This particular tool tries to detect contrast edges.
And so notice I'm not going to the very edge, I'm just kind of trying to include all of her teeth. Now as you can see I went a little too far. Now you can do one of two things, you can come down here to the subtract from selection button and you can now paint to remove that area from the selection so I'm going to try and fine tune this, and I might need to make my brush a little smaller now as I'm doing this, and I'm going to try not to include the gums here, what I am essentially doing is just trying to whiten her teeth.
And you can already see the selected area is becoming lighter than what the original was. Instead of using that subtract button, you can also just hold down the alt or option key and that will allow you to subtract from that selected area as well. You can keep on painting too. Like if you crept in a little too much, like if I'm not including her teeth, I can just get a little bit closer to extend that selected area as well. So I think that's looking pretty good. I think I'm pretty happy with this. And now you can deselect this area if you wish, to see your result without the selection.
And so if I go to the select menu and choose deselect or use the keyboard shortcut command or control + D, that will deselect that. And now what you can do is you can click on the dropdown and choose before to see where you were, and then choose after to see the whitened teeth. So I'm going to go ahead and choose file save and I'll go ahead and save that in a version set with the original. Go ahead and hit the save button and I'll choose file close. Now back in the Organizer I'm going to go up to the search button again and I'll clear this search and this time I'm going to do a search for skateboarding.
And I'm going to select this image right here. We're going to go ahead and go back to the grid view, and open that in the editor, and what I wanted to show you here is the spot healing brush tool. So I'm going to zoom in on this horse if you will, this parking horse, and I'm going to grab this guy right here, which is the spot healing brush tool. And I always say they should have called this tool the blemish tool, because it is really amazing at removing imperfections and blemishes. But what I wanted to do here is I wanted to remove these letters from this piece of wood.
So what I'm going to do is, again, this works off of a brush tip shape, you can make the brush bigger or smaller. And I can use the bracket keys to do that as well. I'm just going to kind of paint over top of these letters, and when I let go it's going to heal it and remove those letters, so pretty powerful tool that you can utilize here. So I'm going to go ahead and save that. Save it along with a version set. And now I'd like to close that, and we're going to do one more. So I'm back in the Organizer, I'm going to come up here to the search, this time I'm going to search for dog.
And I'm going to grab this guy here. This is Captain, and I'll just go back to grid view. And I'm going to click the editor button. You're going to see here that Captain because of the flash on my camera, he got these blown out eyes here. This tool right here is the eye tool, and this can actually be used to remove red eye in people, or pet eye in pets, and what changes that behavior is this check box down here.
So if I uncheck pet eye, now I'm doing a red eye removal, but if I turn on the pet eye check box now I am performing a pet eye removal. So I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on Captain's head here. So that I can focus on his eyes, and using this tool there's a couple of things you can try, you can actually just kind of click on one of the pupils here, and that is going to apply the pet eye removal. I'm actually going to undo that because I have found that if I click and drag, kind of make like a nice big swipe around his eye, I tend to get a little bit better results.
Now you're going to notice down here, you have a pupil radius and darken slider, and you don't have to set these before you apply it. Because, now that I've applied it to one of his eyes, I can actually drag the pupil radius and it will dynamically update on that last eye that I applied. I can adjust these values until I get the result that I'm looking for, and so I think that one looks pretty good. And so now I'm going to come over here and do the other one.
And that is actually using the same value from the one that I just did, and you can certainly tweak this on a little bit, if you wanted to, maybe we change the diameter a little bit. And you can adjust it accordingly, so if I zoom out a little bit, right now I'm zoomed in about 70%, but if I zoom out a little bit, now you don't have those glowing eyes staring at us. I'm going to go ahead and choose file save. Go ahead and save this in a version set with the original.
Now I'll just go ahead and hit the save button, and this is going to save this in JPEG again. What we can actually do is I'll cancel that, and if I choose file save, if you want to save this in a version set with the original we can change this to a Photoshop file, so that we aren't continually recompressing that image, and losing quality. Now when I hit save, when I close this and go back to the Organizer you can see that in my version set that I have the original here, and then I have the version corrected with pet eye.
So I think you'd agree that quick edit mode is no slouch. You can make some very effective and powerful edits in a short amount of time and with little effort on your part. Enjoy!
- Working with the Elements Organizer
- Creating a new catalog
- Importing photos
- Backing up your catalogs
- Managing photos
- Fixing photos with improved Instant Fix
- Sharing photos
- Exporting photos to different formats
- Working with the Photoshop Elements Editor
- Getting familiar with Guided Edits mode
- Expert Mode
- Selections and the selection tools
- Making the most of Adjustment layers