Editing Photos for Online Albums in Photoshop Elements 9 - dummies

Editing Photos for Online Albums in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Part of Photoshop Elements 9 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Online albums on social networking sites like Facebook are a popular way to share photos. In Photoshop Elements 9, four adjustments are all you need to improve pictures taken with cell phones, point-and-shoot cameras, and professional digital SLR cameras.

Obviously you can make more refinements using artistic effects, selecting areas of a photo for brightness adjustments, using additional color correction tools, and other options. However, understanding the following adjustments is really all you need to improve images for displaying your pictures onscreen, using albums on social networks or other online tools:

  • Levels: The Levels adjustment is used to change brightness values for highlights, shadows, and midtones. Make this adjustment first.

  • Shadow/Highlight Filter: Your second adjustment, which you find by choosing Enhance→Adjust Lighting→Shadows/Highlights.

  • Hue/Saturation. You use the Hue/Saturation adjustment when you need to correct color. The tool can reduce or increase saturation.

  • Sharpen: A lot of amateur photos are on the soft side, and a little sharpening as a final step can make them a little snappier.

Use these tools in Photoshop Elements in the order they’re listed, although you may need to make only a single adjustment when preparing photos for your Facebook albums. Perhaps a Levels adjustment is enough to add some snap and proper brightness to your image. Each photo is different and the appearance of the original photo dictates how much editing you need to make.