Enhancing Your Photos

One Step Photo Fix - Quick Fix
Photo Fix
Removing Red Eye
Cropping Photos

To fix a photo in one step:

1. Double-click the photo to open it in Enhance mode.
2. In the task panel, click Quick Fix.

Quick Photo Fix

To view before and after versions of your photo, click the Undo and Redo buttons on the toolbar:

Undo Redo.

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To use Photo Fix:

1. Double-click the photo to open it in Enhance mode.
2. In the task panel, click Photo Fix to open the Photo Fix dialog box.

Photo Fix

The upper-left pane shows the original photo. The upper-right pane shows the photo with the initial set of adjustments applied.

Photo Fix Preview

3. Perform one or more tasks from the following table, and click OK.
To Do the following Brighten or darken the photo Drag the Brightness slider to the right to increase brightness, or to the left to decrease brightness.
Increase or decrease contrast Drag the Contrast slider to the right to increase contrast, or to the left to decrease contrast.
Increase or decrease warmth Drag the Warmth slider to the right to make the photo warmer, or to the left to make the photo cooler.
Increase or decrease saturation Drag the Saturation slider to the right to make the colors more vibrant, or to the left to make the colors less vibrant.
Sharpen the edges of the photo Drag the Focus control to the right to increase focus, or to the left to decrease focus.
• You can reset all controls to their initial values by clicking the Reset to Default button. See Also

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Removing red-eye

Red-eye is a common problem in photos. Red-eye occurs when light from the camera’s flash that reflects off the retina of a photo subject is then captured in the photo. The Red Eye tool replaces the red color in the subject’s pupil with a dark gray color to restore a natural look.

To remove red-eye

1. Double-click the photo to open it in Enhance mode.
2. In the task panel, click Fix Red Eye.

Fix Red Eye

3. In the task panel, adjust the Size control so that the pointer is slightly larger than the eye needing correction.

Red Eye
Red Eye

4. Point directly over the eye, and click.
• You can zoom in on the photo, if necessary, to use the Red Eye tool more easily.

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Cropping photos:

You can remove unwanted portions of a photo to create stronger compositions or to change the focus. Cropping can reduce the amount of hard drive memory required for the editing process. Also, by eliminating extraneous areas of color, cropping can improve color corrections. If a photo requires both cropping and color correction, you should crop the photo first and then apply the color correction. You can remove unwanted portions of a photo to create a stronger composition or to change the focus.

To crop a photo

1. Double-click the photo to open it in Enhance mode. To protect the original version of your photo, you can save the file with a different filename by choosing File Save As.
2. In the task panel, click Crop.

Crop Photo

3. Define the crop area by dragging any of the handles on the crop area rectangle. You can drag any of the handles to adjust the crop area.

Set Crop Area

4. When you’re ready to crop the photos, click the Apply button in the task panel or on the floating toolbar.

Apply Crop

You can also Select a preset crop size Choose an option from the Presets drop-list in the task panel or on the floating toolbar.

Preset Crop

Rotate the crop rectangle

Click the Rotate Crop Rectangle button in the task panel or on the floating toolbar.

Rotate Crop

Move the entire crop rectangle

Drag inside the crop area while holding down the left mouse to move the crop rectangle to your desired location.

Move Crop Area

Constrain the crop area to its current proportions

Mark the Maintain aspect ratio check box on the task panel.

Maintain Crop Area

This option is available only for custom-defined crop rectangles. Clear the crop area and start over Right-click anywhere in the photos.

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