Electronic Researcher, George Mason University

image editing

Although there are many ways and as there are software applications to edit an image, the quickest and simplest is using the Quick Fix option in Adobe Elements, a powerful, cost-effective image editor. The procedure can be summarized in the following steps:

  1. Choose File > Open
  2. Select the Crop Tool
  3. Click and drag out a rectangle
  4. Choose Image > Crop or press the Return key.
  5. Choose Enhance > Quick Fix
  6. Click Brightness > Auto Contrast
  7. Click Apply
  8. Click Brightness > Auto Levels
  9. Click Apply
  10. Click Color Correction > Auto Color
  11. Click Apply
  12. Click OK
  13. Choose Filter > Unsharp Mask
  14. Slide the control to Amount: 50%, Radius: 1 pixel, and Threshold: 0.
  15. Choose File Save As and name the file filename_edit.jpg to differentiate it from your original image.

Quick Fix will normally put right most, if not all, the obvious flaws in an image. Do not, however, expect a pristine image. Advanced image correction and repair will require different and more complex steps. Editing engravings or woodblock images for publication or presentation of the Web, for instance, requires a bit more work and practice. For most researchers, however, Quick Fix will be sufficient and produce usable results.

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