Tour of the Quick Fix Window

Getting to the Quick Fix window is easy. If you're in the Editor, go to the Shortcuts bar and click the Quick Fix button. If you're in the Organizer, on the Shortcuts bar, click the Edit button's drop-down triangle, and choose "Go to Quick Fix." The Quick Fix window looks like a stripped-down version of the Standard Edit window (Figure 11-1 ).

Tip: If you have several photos open when you come into the Quick Fix window, they appear at the bottom of the screen in an area called the Photo Bin. Just click a thumbnail at the bottom of your screen to choose the one you want to edit. That photo becomes the active image: the one you see in the Quick Fix preview area in the center of your screen.

Figure 11-1. Your tools are neatly arranged on both sides of your image. On the left side, there's a five-item Quick Fix Toolbox. On the right side, there's a collection of quick-edit palettes stored inside the Control Panel.

Figure 11-1. Your tools are neatly arranged on both sides of your image. On the left side, there's a five-item Quick Fix Toolbox. On the right side, there's a collection of quick-edit palettes stored inside the Control Panel.

11.1.1. The Quick Fix Toolbox

The Toolbox holds an easy-to-navigate subset of the larger tool collection that's in the Standard Edit window. All the tools work the same way in both modes, and you can also use the same keystrokes to switch tools here, too.

Three of the toolsZoom, Hand, and Cropare the same ones described in Chapter 10 . Two othersMagic Selection and Red Eyeare unique to the Quick Fix window. From top to bottom, the Quick Fix Toolbox holds:

• The Zoom tool lets you telescope in and out on your image so that you can get a good close look at details or pull back to see the whole photo. See Chapter 10 for full instructions on using this tool. You can also zoom by using the Zoom pull-down menu below the image preview area.

• The Hand tool . also covered in Chapter 10 , helps move your photo around in the image windowjust like grabbing it and moving it with your own hand.

• The Selection Brush tools let you apply Quick Fix commands to only a part of your image by selecting the portion you want to work on. You get two options here: Elements' regular Selection brush and the Magic Selection brush. The difference between the two tools is that the Selection brush lets you paint a selection exactly where you want it (or mask out part of your photo to keep it from getting changed), while the Magic Selection brush makes Elements figure out the boundaries of your selection based on your much less precise marks on the image. The Magic Selection brush is much more automatic than the regular Selection brush.

• The Crop tool lets you change the size and shape of your photo, by cutting off the areas you don't want. See Chapter 10 for a refresher course on cropping.

• The Red Eye tool is specially designed to do one thing: take the red out of your subjects' eyes when you click them. Read full details on using it later in this chapter.

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