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Image Editing Basics for Adobe Photoshop Elements 13

Chapter Description

This lesson from Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 Classroom in a Book begins with an overview of the core concepts behind image correction, and then introduces a range of quick and easy techniques to help you get more from your photos in just a few clicks.

Correcting photos in Quick edit mode

In Quick edit mode, Photoshop Elements conveniently groups easy-to-use controls for the most common basic image-correction operations in the Adjustments panel.

Earlier in this lesson, you tried some one-click fixes in the Organizer’s Instant Fix panel. Later, you applied a combination of the same automatic fixes while batch-processing files. The Adjustments panel presents similar automatic adjustment options, but also gives you the opportunity to preview and fine-tune the settings.

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  1. You should still be in the Organizer from the last exercise. If you don’t see the right panel group, click the Tags/Info button at the far right of the Taskbar. If you don’t see the list of keywords, click the Tags tab at the top of the right panel. Expand the Imported Keyword Tags category; then, move the pointer over the Lesson 04 tag, and click the checkbox at its left.
  2. Select the original photo of the colored perfume bottles, DSC_2474.jpg, making sure not to confuse the unedited file with the AutoFix copy; then, click the Editor button (editor_button.jpg)—not the arrow beside it—in the Taskbar.
  3. Use the mode picker to switch the Editor to Quick mode. If you don’t see the Adjustments panel at the right, click the Adjustments button in the Taskbar.

Applying quick fixes

All of the Quick Edit adjustments have manual controls. Automatic fixes are available for Smart Fix, Levels, Color, and Sharpen, but not for Exposure or Balance.

  1. Choose Before & After - Horizontal from the View menu above the Edit pane. In the Adjustments panel, expand the Smart Fix pane, and click the Auto button. Notice the immediate effect on the image in the After view.
  2. Expand the Lighting pane, and then click both Auto Levels and Auto Contrast, noting the effects of the adjustments in the After view.
  3. Expand the Color pane, and click the Auto button.

  4. Choose File > Save As. In the Save As dialog, type DSC_2474_QuickFix as the name of the new file, to be saved to your My CIB Work folder in JPEG format and included in the Organizer, but not as part of a version set. Click Save. In the JPEG Options dialog, accept the default quality, and click OK.

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  5. Expand the Color pane once again, and click the Saturation tab. A grid of preview thumbnails shows the range of variation possible with the Saturation slider. A blue frame highlights the central thumbnail, which represents the image in its current state. Move the pointer slowly over each thumbnail in the grid to preview your image with that level of saturation in the work area.
  6. Repeat the process for the Color pane’s Hue and Vibrance controls.

  7. Return to the Lighting panel, and explore the Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights panes in the same way. To reset a control, click the thumbnail with the Reset icon (not always the central preview).
  8. To discard any changes you’ve made and revert the image to its last saved state, click the Reset Image button in the header of the Adjustments pane.

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  9. Choose File > Close.
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