This is page 2 of 3. "Photoshop Quick Fix" begins here.
Here is an example of a photo “Quick Fixed” in about a minute.
The above is another picture taken with an expensive camera, yet it turned out sorely underexposed. A simple explanation for the underexposure can be found here.
Good thing there's Photoshop Quick Fix Hey!?
I clicked on the “levels” and the “contrast.” This is the result. Doesn’t she look beautiful when she’s all lit up!? I love Photoshop Quick Fix!!
There is a setting on most cameras that allows you to adjust the exposure up or down a little in the program setting you choose. It’s called exposure compensation. The technical term is “exposure value” in case that is what your operator manual calls it. [EV +/-] You should be able to find the adjustment in your camera’s operator’s manual.
If you adjust it up by one 1/3 stop the resultant picture is a little brighter. Down will result in a picture that is a little darker. Adjustments go as high as +/-3 in one third increments. The manuals will use all kinds of confusing terminology to say this exact thing.
When I will be shooting a bunch of pictures in the same lighting I take a few test shots and adjust the exposure [EV] accordingly. What you should look for on your display monitor will come with some experience because the pictures will actually look darker on the camera monitor than they will on your computer screen.
Most of the time post editing takes care of the under or over exposure but there are times the program is just not enough. So I do my best in the field to get the correct exposure. Needless to say it doesn’t always happen that way and I must rely on Photoshop.
If you are going back and forth, indoors to outdoors or even from shade to sun, remember to look at the first couple of shots on your display screen each time you change. This will ensure decent exposure thus less work in post editing and fewer pictures lost to automatic camera compensation.
Be careful when you’re looking at the display in the bright sunlight. It will be very deceiving. It will look dark when it is not.
In Photoshop Quick Fix, Smart Fix will adjust both the lighting and the color of your picture. It automatically does this when you click on the “auto” icon. If you don’t like the results merely simultaneously click on the “Control” key and the “z” key on your computer’s keyboard. This will reverse the step you just took.
Another option is to hit the reset button above the upper right hand corner of the picture you are working on. This will undo everything.
“Control, z” and “reset” differ. “Control, z” reverses your actions one at a time up to about 20 actions. The “reset” button undoes all your actions in one fell swoop.
Look under the word “Amount” in the smart fix box. Next slide the little blue oval to the right. This will do the same thing as the auto button except it will change things a little at a time. Be careful because it seems to change very quickly.
Click on the auto button. If that does not fix the red eye, look at the left side of the screen. The bottom icon is the red eye removal tool. First zoom in on the eyes a little bit. (Zoom is explained below) Then click on the red eye tool.
Move your mouse to hover the “cross hairs” over the red eye. Then just click. The program does the rest. If Photoshop darkens too big an area, click “control, z” on your keyboard. This will reset it.
Some times you will have to tinker with the tool in order to get acceptable results. Start by zooming in closer and try again. If that doesn’t work I have found that I have to do the best I can without going outside the circle of the eyes, then clone the rest.
The level button adjusts the contrast in the picture. It may also affect the color which is why the contrast is next. The contrast button affects only the contrast. It does not affect other settings. This is where you will manually fix a picture that is too dark or too light. If the picture is too dark, slide the button beneath “Lighten Shadows”. Do the same under “Darken Highlights” if the picture is too light.
Once you set the desired exposure of the picture slide the contrast back and forth. See whether this improves the overall presentation. Each picture will react differently so experiment to find what you like.
Start by making these adjustments on any picture that is taken too dark or light. This will make a huge difference in the way the picture responds to the other auto fixes. Once you have fixed the exposure go back up to the Smart fix and click on the auto button. Watch the amazing result!
I have salvaged many a picture by this technique. Go back to the little birdie above. She is a shining example.
Color is fun! You can start by clicking on the auto button again. But don’t stop there. I suggest you play with all the cool slides in this area. They make for really creative pictures. Watch!
Want some more? O.K.
You may not use this every day but it sure is fun to play with once in a while.
SATURATION increases or decreases the amount of color in the picture. That is where I started with the above shots. Then I experimented with the other color changes for the final result. Setting the saturation all the way to the left turns your picture into black and white by removing all the color.
HUE changes the color as you see along the slide. It makes great changes in small quantities. If you want to change the color of a specific object in a picture you can use the magic selection tool (explained below) to separate that object from the rest of the picture. Then proceed to make your changes.