What are the flaws of Photoshop

Retouching and correcting photos

The facial feature adjustment workflow uses face-to-face technology to identify features of faces in photos and adjust them accordingly. You can take a portrait picture and use simple sliders to adjust the historical features such as jaws, nose, lips and eyes to enhance or weaken the respective effect.

  1. Open a photo in Photoshop Elements.

    For the best results with the Adjust Facial Features feature, make sure the photo you are using shows at least one face.

  2. Click Revise> Adjust Facial Features.

  3. You will notice that that person's face is marked with a circle in the Adjust Facial Features dialog box. This signals that the function tailored to faces has identified a face in the image.

    More than one face in the picture? If there are multiple faces in the image, multiple circle markers will appear where Photoshop Elements identified faces. Click on a circle or face to adjust the features of that face.

  4. With a selected face, you can use the available sliders to adjust the following features:

    • Face tilt will be introduced in Photoshop Elements 2021.
    • Click the “Before / After” toggle button to see the changes that result when you move the slider to the left or right.
  5. (Optional) Double-click the slider to reset changes made to certain characteristics. The changes for this characteristic are discarded.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • Click Reset to undo changes you've made to facial features.
    • Click OK to apply the changes you made to the facial features.

Red eye is a common problem that occurs when the subject's retina is illuminated by your camera's flash. This effect is more common in pictures taken in dark rooms because the iris of the eye is then wider open. To avoid red eyes, you can use the corresponding function of the camera (if available).

To automatically correct red eyes when you import photos into Elements Organizer, select the Automatically Correct Red Eye option in the Get Photos dialog box. You can also remove red eyes from selected photos in the Photo Browser.

  1. To correct red eyes manually, select the Eye tool in "Fast" or "Expert" mode.

  2. Set the pupil radius and the amount of darkening in the tool options bar.

  3. In the image, do one of the following:

    • Click the red area of ​​an eye.
    • Drag a selection frame over the eye area.

    When the mouse button is released, the red is removed from the eye.

    You can also have red eyes corrected automatically by clicking Auto Correct in the Eye tool's options bar.

You can use the Eye tool to remove the reddish reflection in eyes that is caused by light reflection (dark ambient light or flash light). Animals have a white, green, red, or yellow reflection and using the Red Eye Removal tool, which is often used for this, may not correct the effect correctly.

To correct the pet's eye effect:

  1. In Quick or Expert mode, select the Eyes tool.

  2. Select the Animal Eye check box in the tool options bar.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Draw a rectangle around the eye area.
    • Click on the eye in the picture.

    If you select the Animal Eye check box, the Auto Correct button is disabled.

Revised in Photoshop Elements 2019

You can use the Open Closed Eyes function to open closed eyes in your photos. You can open someone's eyes by using eyes from another photo on your computer or in the Elements Organizer catalog.

  1. Open a photo in Photoshop Elements.

  2. In Quick or Expert mode, do one of the following:

    • Choose the Eye Tool then click the Open Closed Eyes button on the tool options bar.
    • Choose Refine> Open Closed Eyes.

    In the Open Closed Eyes dialog box, you can see that the person's face is highlighted with a circular highlighter to make it clear that the face is recognized in the image.

  3. (Optional) You will see some examples in the Try Sample Eyes list. You can choose a face that looks very similar to the main photo. Photoshop Elements uses the selected face to replace the closed eyes in the main photo.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Click Computer to choose a source photo on your computer.
    • Click Organizer to select a source photo from Elements Organizer.
    • Click Photo Range to choose a source photo from the files that are currently open.

    You can select multiple source photos if you wish. Photoshop Elements uses faces from these source photos to replace the closed eyes in the main photo. You can experiment with different replacement eyes to get the best results.

  5. In the main photo, select a face that needs to be opened, and then click one of the faces on the source photos. Test different faces for the best results.

    If the source photo has a different skin tone, Photoshop Elements adjusts the skin tone around the eyes to match the main photo.

  6. (Optional) Click Before / After to compare the results with the original image.

  7. (Optional) Click Reset if you are not satisfied with the result. You can use a different source photo for better results.

  8. Save the photo with the changes.

The Content Aware Move tool allows you to select an object in a photo and move or expand the selection to another location in the photo.

  1. Select the "Content Aware Move" tool out.

  2. Choose a mode to indicate whether you want to move an object or make a copy of the object.

    Allows you to move objects to a different position in the picture.

    Allows you to copy the object multiple times.

  3. Choose the type of selection you want to make:

    Drag the mouse around the object you want to move or expand to create a new selection.

    Any selections you make are added to the previous selections.

    When you create a new selection over an existing selection, the overlaying portion is removed from the resulting selection.

    When you create a new selection over an existing selection, only the common area that overlaps the new and previous selections is selected.

  4. Drag the pointer ( ) over the image and select the object that you want to move or expand.

  5. When you have made a selection, move the object to a new location. To do this, you have to drag the object to a new position.

    The area from which the selection is removed is automatically filled based on the image content of the surrounding area.

  6. Transfer the selection to the new location. Click one of the following options:

    • Rotate This option allows you to rotate the selection in the image by a specific angle.
    • Scaling This option allows you to adjust the size of the selection.
    • Tend This option allows you to change the perspective of the selection in the image.
  7. If the auto-filled area doesn't display correctly, select the Include All Layers check box and adjust the repair slider.

Photoshop Elements has several tools you can use to remove small blemishes, such as smudges or unwanted objects, from your photos.

Removal of blemishes and minor imperfections

The Area Healing Brush is an easy way to remove blemishes and other imperfections in your photos. Click once on a blemish. To touch up larger areas, drag over the area.

  1. Choose the Area Healing Brush out.

  2. Choose a brush size. Most effective is a brush that is slightly larger than the area to be corrected so that the entire area is covered with just one click of the mouse.

  3. In the tool options bar, select one of the following options under Type.

    Finds an area of ​​the image among the pixels around the edges of the selection area that can be used to correct the selection area. If this doesn't work, choose Edit> Undo, then choose Build Texture.

    Uses all of the pixels in a selection to create a texture for correcting the area. If the texture doesn't produce the results you want, try dragging the brush through the area a second time.

    Check the Include All Layers option if you want the change to apply to all image layers.

  4. Click the area you want to correct in the image, or click and drag the brush to touch up a larger area.

Remove unwanted items through content-based repair

You can remove unwanted objects or people from your photos without destroying the photos. The Content Aware option for the Area Healing Brush lets you remove selected objects from a photo. Photoshop Elements compares nearby image content to seamlessly fill the selection while keeping important details such as shadows or object edges realistic.

Remove unwanted objects:

  1. Choose the Area Healing Brush out.

  2. Select Content Aware from the tool options bar.

  3. Paint over the object that you want to remove from the picture.

Area repair works best on small objects. If the image you are working with is large and has a large unwanted object in it, you need to make sure that you are using a good quality computer configuration. You can view the Photoshop Elements system requirements for the recommended computer configuration.

If you have problems with large images, do the following:

  • Draw smaller brush strokes.
  • Recalculate the image (downsampling).
  • Increase the allocated memory and restart the application.

The Healing Brush corrects imperfections in a large area when you drag the pointer over the appropriate area. This brush can be used to remove objects from a uniform background, e.g. B. Objects in a meadow.

  1. Select the repair brush out.

  2. Select a brush size from the tool options bar and set options for the repair brush:

    Determines how the source or pattern is blended with the existing pixels. In the "Normal" mode, new pixels are placed on top of the existing pixels. Choose Replace to keep the film grain and texture around the edges of the brushstroke.

    Specifies the source for the repair pixels. Choose Captured to use pixels from the current image. Check Pattern to use pixels from the pattern specified in the Patterns panel.

    Activate this option if the pixels are to be recorded continuously and the recording point should not be lost when the mouse button is released. Deselect the “Aligned” option if you want the captured pixels to be plotted from the first capture point each time you start again with the tool.

    Check Record All Layers to record data from the current layer, the current layer and below, or from all visible layers.

  3. Hover over an open image and Alt-click (Option-click on Mac OS) to acquire data.

    When you capture pixels in one image and apply them to another image, both images must be the same color. However, one of the images can also be in grayscale mode.

  4. Drag over the defective area in the image to merge the existing data with the recorded data. The captured pixels are always combined with the existing pixels when you release the mouse button.

    If there is a lot of contrast around the edges of the area to be repaired, first select an area before using the repair brush. Make the selected area larger than the area to be repaired, but carefully follow the boundary of the contrasting pixels. When you paint with the Healing Brush, the selection prevents the paint from bleeding from the outside.

Use the Correct Camera Distortion dialog box to correct typical distortion problems, such as darkened corners from lens imperfections or flare. For example, when taking a picture of the sky in low light, the corners of the picture are darker than the center of the picture. You can correct this by changing the vignetting amount and midtone settings.

Adjust distortion due to vertical or horizontal camera tilt by using the perspective controls. Rotate an image or correct the perspective of the image to adjust distortion. You can use the image grid of the "Correct camera distortion" filter to make simple and precise corrections.

  1. Choose Filter> Correct Camera Distortion.

  2. Check the Preview box.

  3. To correct the image, do one of the following, and then click OK:

    Corrects barrel or pincushion distortion. Enter a value in the field or move the slider to correct horizontal or vertical lines that are curved towards or away from the center of the image.

    Specifies the degree of lightening or darkening at the edges of the image. Enter a value in the box or move the slider to slowly lighten or darken the image.

    Specifies the width of the area affected by the Strength slider. Move the slider or enter a lower value to change more of the image. The larger the value, the more the effect is limited to the edges of the image.

    Corrects an incorrect image perspective caused by a camera tilted upwards or downwards. Enter a value in the box or use the slider to make vertical lines parallel in an image.

    Enter a value in the box or use the slider to correct perspective by making horizontal lines parallel in an image.

    Rotates the image to compensate for camera tilt or to make additional adjustments after correcting perspective. Enter a value in the box or drag the Angle slider to rotate the image left (counterclockwise) or right (clockwise).

    Enlarges or reduces the picture. The pixel dimensions in the image remain unchanged. Enter a value in the box or move the slider to remove blank areas of the image that were created by correcting pincushion distortion, rotation, or perspective adjustments. Enlarging the image will crop the image and interpolate it to the original pixel dimensions.

    When this option is checked, the grid is displayed. When this option is disabled, the grid is hidden.

    Enlarges (zoom in) or reduces (zoom out) the image view.

    Specifies the grid color.

Remove haze, fog, or smog from a photo

Now you can remove the negative effect that environmental influences and weather conditions have on your pictures, especially on landscape pictures. With the “Automatic Haze Removal” function, you can reduce the blurring caused by haze, fog or smog.

Using the "Automatic Haze Removal" function:

  1. Open an image in Photoshop Elements, either in Quick or Expert mode.
  2. Open the image and choose Refine> Auto Haze Removal.

The image is processed and the effects of haze or fog are reduced. Repeat step 2 to further process the photo.

Automatic haze removal works best on uncompressed / raw images.

An alternative to automatic haze removal

  1. Open an image in Photoshop Elements, either in Quick or Expert mode.

  2. Choose Refine> Automatic Haze Removal.

  3. Use the Haze Reduction and Sensitivity sliders to achieve the required haze reduction.

    Remember that moving a slider too far can result in a very high-contrast image or make minor imperfections in the photo worse. Experiment with both controls until you get the result you want.

  4. You can use the “Before / After” toggle button to view the effect of the haze reduction on the photo.

  5. When you're done, click OK. To cancel the changes to the image due to haze reduction, click on "Cancel".