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Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 7 of 58

Color Adjustments in Quick Fix


Learn How to Use Photoshop Elements

Lesson 7 of 58

Color Adjustments in Quick Fix


Lesson Info

Color Adjustments in Quick Fix

Let's talk about the Color tab here. This allows us to tweak our color and make some color corrections if our image needs it. So for example, we have an image that would be good for this. So I'm gonna click back to go to the Organizer. We see this Edit in Progress, that's fine. I'm gonna click here to go back to the grid, and I have an image that could use some color correction. That's this one right here. So if I double click, you can see this is a picture of the toy shelf in my son's room, and it's looking a little bit purple. This happens a lot in our photos. We have a color balance issue. This image has what we call a color cast. It's sort of been stained with light in a color that's not rendering it correctly. So with this image selected in the Organizer, I'm just gonna click the button down here to bring it over to the Editor, and it doesn't wanna cooperate, because my disc is full, almost full. I'm gonna close some of these images by right-clicking. We'll leave that one, I guess...

. Let's try it again. That made all the difference, I guess, okay. So here's this image now and we can see that it is a little bit purple. So if I was to try to fix this, this is where I'd wanna go, the Color button right here and you'll notice again we have a slider and we have these little presets. We have three options. We can adjust the saturation, the hue, or the vibrance. So saturation refers to the intensity of the color and whether it's jacked up all the way really high like this. Now that looks like a really bad, I don't know, horror film or something. That's crazy. If I, on the other end of the spectrum, if I drag this slider all the way to the left then our image appears black and white and we'll look at some other ways to create black and white, but this is one option. I suppose you could just de saturate your whole image. So of course there's any place in between, but simply sucking the color out of this photo is not going to correct the problem. I mean, it removes the problem, but it's not gonna correct it. So we're not gonna worry about that. So here we are in this color control over here. We talked about saturation. Hue allows us to take the existing color in our image and just push it around the color wheel. So we can skew the color, that's what I like to say, we can skew the hue by taking the slider and pushing it around or of course, coming down here. So that gives you some surreal effects by just sort of flip flopping your colors and I wanna say inverting, but it's not a true inverse, but just sort of turning things upside down and pushing the color around, which isn't very practical, but it can help sometimes and it can create just an interesting effect occasionally. We'll set that back to zero by clicking in this space right here because remember this little icon means that that's where you started. The other option is Vibrance. Vibrance is kind of similar to saturation in that it can adjust the intensity of your colors, but the difference is it sort of has like a, sort of I wanna say like a filter, but the saturation, I mean, if you crank up the saturation your image looks like it has been exposed to something really bad. But Vibrance can still intensify the colors, but I think it applies it a little bit more, with more finesse. So for example, if you are working on an image with a person, it's going to instead of turning them into a gnome or something, it's gonna more intelligently apply the saturation so that they don't turn orange or some other off the wall color. So Vibrance is a nice thing to check out too, especially on pictures of people. But to correct this color balance problem we wanna not be in the color space, but rather we want to go down to this balance option. Here we see two things we can control. We can control the Temperature and we can control the Tint. So the Temperature is going to take our image from blue to, well it's depicted here as red, but it's kinda more like a yellowy red. Like that so this image that we started with has a bit of a purple or I would say magenta color to it, so I would temper some of that. It's a little bit blue and purple. So I would balance that out by pushing this a little bit to the right. Not a whole ton, a little goes a long way here. So I think even something like is gonna be too far. We started at 50, so I'm gonna bump that to even just like 53 maybe. And then if we go up to Tint we now see that we can control the greens and the purples. So this image, like we said, is a little bit too purple so I would take the slider and I'd try to move away from purple just a smidge. Like maybe this minus 20 position seems to be pretty good. So if I click I can get that applied. You have to be a little bit careful because it's sticky to your mouse. So even though I'm not clicking on these buttons, just mousing over them makes the slider move and I find that visually just irritating when I'm trying to make adjustments and it's changing on me all the time. So that's why you see it on my screen getting a little bit jumpy. So that is one way that we could adjust and correct color. Of course, if you have a color problem and you don't feel like this, like you think that this is gonna be a good way to attack it because maybe you're like, "I just don't really understand "this whole Temperature and Tint thing." If that is not your cup of tea, if you reset your image. I'm gonna come up here to just revert this whole thing so it's purple again. One other place that you can find an auto adjustment for this is from the Enhance menu. So a lot of the things we have been talking about over here, you can find duplicated under this Enhance menu and you can either find an auto version of it. So here we see Auto Color Correction. Or you'll find more in depth options as well. So in this case I'm just gonna give it an auto color correction and let's see how Photoshop chooses to handle that. I think it actually did a pretty good job. So if I was nervous about working with this, I think I'd be plenty happy with the little auto correction that elements did. So again, that was just under Enhance, Auto Color Correction.

Class Description

We all have hundreds of images on our smartphones and cameras that we never do anything with. Adobe Photoshop Elements is the perfect tool for beginners to use for organizing and editing those images. Khara Plicanic will show you the practical ways to use this software by using step-by-step projects you can follow along with at home. You’ll get hands-on practice at making selections and working with layers, doing simple retouching, and adding text to your images.

You’ll also learn: 

• Basic adjustments to color and adding contrast to photos 
• Understanding resolution and image resizing and how to use the crop tool 
• Simple retouching and image compositing

No Photoshop Elements class would be complete without shedding light on file saving and organizing your images for a complete workflow! By the time you’re finished with this class, you’ll be creating beautiful images to share with your family and friends.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Understand How Elements Works
  3. Importing Images
  4. Workspace Basics: Organizer
  5. Workspace Basics: Editor
  6. Tonal Adjustments in Quick Fix
  7. Color Adjustments in Quick Fix
  8. Apply Black & White Filters
  9. Sharpen an Image
  10. Fix Red Eye & Pet Eye
  11. Straighten an Image in Quick Fix
  12. Explanation of Photoshop Elements
  13. Basic Cropping in Quick Fix
  14. Guided Edit Overview
  15. Guided Edit: Tilt Shift
  16. Ways to Save Files
  17. Layers & Simple Selections
  18. Combine Images with Layers
  19. How to Use Layer Styles
  20. Make Selections with Layers
  21. Make Selection with Lasso
  22. Compositing with Multiple Images
  23. Refine Edge Selection on Image
  24. Use Refine Edge on Images
  25. Create Gradient in Image
  26. Gradient Map Differences
  27. Options for Saving
  28. Brushes Overview
  29. Creatively Use Brushes
  30. How to Change Brush Settings
  31. Use Shape Tool with Brushes
  32. Work with Multiple Shape Layers
  33. Finish Image with Custom Shape Tool
  34. How to Load Brushes into Elements
  35. Add Layer Style to Image
  36. Clip Image to Shape & Use as Template
  37. Retouching Overview
  38. How to Use Content-Aware Fill
  39. How to Use Content-Aware Move Tool
  40. Spot Healing Brush on Blemishes
  41. Remove Frown Lines with Retouching
  42. How to Remove Tattoos
  43. Remove a Gap in Teeth
  44. How to Whiten Teeth
  45. Adjust Facial Features
  46. Working with Type Overview
  47. Match Type for Image
  48. How to Manipulate Type Layers
  49. Create Postcard with Type
  50. Add Type on a Path
  51. Organizing Images in Elements
  52. Add Keywords to Images
  53. Smart Tags Overview
  54. Using Albums in Elements
  55. Places Workspace Overview
  56. Use Event Tags on Images
  57. Timeline for Image Organization
  58. Recommended Workflow


a Creativelive Student

Just watching this class live. It's my first class with Khara; she is a wonderful teacher, moving at a steady speed but always being careful to let us know what she's doing in the moment. I would classify myself as intermediate in terms of PSE but I've learned lots of little things that will make further use even easier and more fun. I really appreciated her descriptions of the difference between PS and PSE and her encouragement in using Photoshop Elements and all that it can do.


I have only been able to watch portions of this class but every single part that I have watched has been technically clear and inspiring to me. Based on this experience and the thorough, 58 item list of lessons, I will surely be buying this class soon! Thank you Khara and Creativelive for making a class on this topic and making it be super!!

Ven S

Great course. You can tell she knows the programme inside out.