How to Edit in Photoshop Elements 10's Quick Photo Edit Mode - dummies

How to Edit in Photoshop Elements 10’s Quick Photo Edit Mode

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Quick Photo Edit mode is a pared-down version of Full Photo Edit mode that conveniently provides basic fixing tools and tosses in a few unique features, such as a before-and-after preview of your image.

Here’s a step-by-step workflow that you can follow in Quick Photo Edit mode to repair your photos:

1Select one or more photos in the Organizer, click Fix in the upper-right side of the application window, and then choose Quick Photo Edit from the drop-down menu.

Or, if you’re in Full Photo Edit mode, select your desired image(s) from the Project Bin and then select the Quick Photo Edit button in the upper-right area of the application window.

Note that you can also open images by simply choosing File→Open.

2Specify your preview preference from the View pop-up menu at the bottom of the application window.

You can choose to view just your original image (Before Only), your fixed image (After Only), or both images side by side (Before & After) in either portrait (Vertical) or landscape (Horizontal) orientation.

3Use the Zoom and Hand tools to magnify and navigate around your image.

You can also specify the Zoom percentage by using the Zoom slider at the bottom-right corner of the application window.

4Choose your desired window view by selecting one of the buttons located in the top-left corner of the application window.

The buttons are Actual Pixels, Fit Screen, Fill Screen (which zooms your image to fill your screen), or Print Size.

5Crop your image by using the Crop tool on the Tools panel.

You cannot use the Straighten tool, which is exclusive to Full Photo Edit mode.

6To rotate the image in 90-degree increments, click the Rotate Left or Rotate Right button.

This button is located at the bottom of the application window.

7Apply any necessary auto fixes, such as Auto Smart Fix, Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color Correction.

All these commands are on the Enhance menu or in the Smart Fix, Lighting, Color, and Balance sections on the Quick Fix pane in the Panel Bin.

Remember that usually one of the fixes is enough. Don’t stack them on top of each other. If one doesn’t work, click the Reset button in the top-right corner of the image preview and try another. If you’re not happy, go to Step 8. If you are happy, skip to Step 9.

8If the auto fixes don’t quite cut it, get more control by using the sliders available for Smart Fix, Levels, Contrast, and Color, located in the Quick Fix pane.

If you still don’t get the results you need, move on to one of the more manual adjustments. Note that you can also apply fixes to just selected portions of your image.

9Add finishing fixes by using the remaining tools in the Tools panel.

The Black and White–High Contrast fix converts a color image into a grayscale one.

Note that you can find these same fixes (and many more) in Full Photo Edit mode, under the Smart Brush and Detail Smart Brush tools.

10Sharpen your image either automatically (by clicking the Sharpen Auto button under Details in the Quick Fix pane) or manually (by dragging the slider on the Sharpen panel).

This fix should always be the last adjustment you make on your image.