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TEMPERATURE will make your overall picture warmer or cooler. More orange in the picture makes it glow warmer. More bluish tint makes the picture glow cooler. Notice how the coolness of sunset looks so inviting. Just makes you want to snuggle up all comfy, cozy don’t it!?

TINT is to make minute, final changes after you set the temperature of the picture. I use it mostly for fun.

Sharpen

Finally is the sharpen quick fix. If you want to slightly sharpen up a picture this will. It will not make a major difference with a blurry picture. If you try to go too far you will see distinct lines in the picture.

You can salvage a slightly blurred picture by using some of the more advanced features in the Full Edit screen.

I used the paint feature to create this beautiful water color painting from the original blurred shot.

Zoom

Along the left side of the Quick Fix screen are several more tools. The first is the zoom tool. You can magnify the picture to your liking for doing intricate work.

Click on the icon. If your mouse has a center wheel use it to zoom in and out. If not you can click on the blue arrow where it says “zoom.” Then move the arrow back and forth to set the zoom percentage.

Experiment with the other settings to the right of that. Just click on each one with different pictures in the preview area. The preview area is the biggest picture. The area at the bottom containing the thumbnails is called the “Photo Bin.”

Hand Tool

When you are zoomed in far enough that your picture is too large to fit on the screen, the hand tool allows you to move the picture around so you can see any given area. Just click on the icon, move your mouse over the picture, then click and hold as you move it around.

Magic Selection Tool

This particular tool will take some getting used to. Click on the icon. Then click, draw or scribble on the object you want to separate. Photoshop will automatically pick up on everything in the picture of the same color.

If it highlights more than you want, simply “erase” over what you don’t want changed. The toolbar immediately above the picture you are working on has some more icons for this.

The first one is a reset. It will reset your selections so you can start over.

Next, is the “magic” selections brush. This is the one you use to make your initial selection. Once your initial selection is made you can customize it by clicking on the plus to add more, or clicking on the minus to subtract some from your selection.

If this doesn’t give you exactly what you want you can do it manually with -

the third brush. This is the manual brush. You’ll notice the tools in the toolbar change when you click on it. The double square immediately right of it will allow you to add to your selection as you see fit. The next will subtract. The other settings are to set the size of your brush and softness of the edging.

Click on the arrow next to the squiggly line. That will open a dropdown window to the brushes available. Next to that is the size option. Once you have these set to your preferences you just manually add or erase as you like.

You do this by dragging your mouse over the areas you choose. It’s just like erasing with a pencil eraser. Click back and forth between add and subtract boxes at the left of the squiggly line in the toolbar. If the brush you chose is too big or small, change it. LOTS OF FUN!!!!!

Once you have your desired selection go to the fixes area and have at it. You will be changing just the highlighted area of the picture.

Crop

Underneath the magic selection brush resides the cropping tool. Click on it then move your cursor over a starting point on your picture. Click and keep holding the mouse button down while you move over and down until the picture is cropped about where you want it. Let up. Now you can adjust as you like.

Look in the upper toolbar again. This time you’ll see “aspect ratio.” Click on the arrow at the right of the window. Each size has a meaning. When you have a picture printed the printing machine automatically crops the picture to the ratio of the size it is printing.

Each photo size has a different ratio. In other words, the length of the top and the bottom compared to the length of the sides.

If you crop the picture in Photoshop, according to the size you're going to print your pictures, they will look exactly like you see them on your computer screen. No more getting your pictures back only to discover Aunt Edna’s hair is chopped off.

This gets pretty important after a while. You are becoming an artist and you will want the pictures printed exactly as you have designed them. Photoshop gives you lots of latitude to work with.

One thing to keep in mind; larger pictures are merely multiples of the three smaller ones I have shown here. For example, the next size up from 8X10 is an 8X12. Well, 8X12 is a mere multiple of a 4X6. So in order to print an 8X12 you crop it in Photoshop at 4X6 ratio.

From 8X10 and up all the generic sizes are mere multiples of 8X10. I.E. 16X20, 24X30 and so on. Most of your pictures will probably not be larger than a 16X20. This information is general in nature. Your camera and developer may vary. Become familiar with the different sizes and you will know how to order.

Redeye

Red Eye is discussed above.

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