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Image Editing Background & Basics

Editing photos in the Organizer

You can fix a range of common image problems without even leaving the Organizer.

  1. In the Media Browser, select the image DSCN0532.jpg. Click the Instant Fix button (fix.jpg) beside the Editor button in the Taskbar to open the image in Instant Fix mode; then, click the Light button (light.jpg) in the actions bar at the right of the workspace.

  2. Experiment with the slider; as you work, the original state of the image is indicated by a red marker. Drag the slider upwards from its original position about two thirds of the way to the top. Click Save at the lower right of the workspace, and then click Done.

    The edited file is grouped with the original in a Version Set. In the Media Browser, the edited version appears as the top image in the collapsed (or closed) Version Set.

  3. Click the arrow at the right of the image frame to expand the Version Set. In the expanded Version Set, select the un-edited original, DSCN0532.jpg. Click the Instant Fix button (fix.jpg) in the Taskbar; then, click the Color button (color.jpg) in the actions bar. Experiment with the slider; then, drag it upwards from its original position about two thirds of the way to the top. Click Save, and then click Done.

  4. Making sure that you select the original image each time, repeat the process for the Clarity (clarity.jpg) and Smart Fix (smartfix.jpg) adjustments. Drag the Clarity slider to its minimum setting to give the image a soft “dreamy” look. There is no slider for the Smart Fix edit; Smart Fix is a one-click tool that analyzes the image, and then combines multiple adjustments to correct exposure, contrast, color balance, and saturation automatically.

  5. Double-click the original image to see it in the single image view. Use the left arrow key on your keyboard to compare the un-edited photo with the results of your single-click adjustments. Double-click the enlarged image to return to the thumbnail view. Select all four edited versions; then, right-click / Control-click any of the selected thumbnails and choose Delete Selected Items From Catalog.

  6. In the Confirm Deletion From Catalog dialog box, click to activate the option Also Delete Selected Item(s) From The Hard Disk; then, click OK. You’ll use different techniques to edit this photo later in the lesson.

  7. In the Media Browser, select the image DSC_3607.jpg, and then click the Instant Fix button (fix.jpg). Click the Light button (light.jpg), and then, drag the slider up about half way to the top of its range. Click the Color button (color.jpg); then, drag the slider down about half way to the bottom. Toggle the switch in the task bar to compare before and after views.

    You’ve improved this photo dramatically in just a few moments—without even leaving the Organizer.

  8. Click the Back button (back.jpg) at the upper left of the Instant Fix workspace; then, click No in the Save Changes dialog. You’ll work more with this photo in the next exercise.

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