Picture perfect

If you've got a shedload of digital photos from your holiday but they're far from perfect for your photo album, fear not. Using software you can touch these up so they look professional and make you look good at the same time. While Adobe Photoshop is the photo-editing package for professionals, Photoshop Elements 6 is great for novices. It's easy-to-use and packs a fantastic punch – here we show you how to get to grips with the basics.

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By  Windows staff Published  September 15, 2008

If you've got a shedload of digital photos from your holiday but they're far from perfect for your photo album, fear not. Using software you can touch these up so they look professional and make you look good at the same time. While Adobe Photoshop is the photo-editing package for professionals, Photoshop Elements 6 is great for novices. It's easy-to-use and packs a fantastic punch – here we show you how to get to grips with the basics.

1. Red eye correction

Most digital cameras feature a red-eye reduction feature, including those built-in to your mobile phone. However, you're still likely to find yourself with red-eye in photos from time to time, especially when you forget to apply the setting.

Red eye can appear in flash photography and is caused by an illumination of the person's retina by the camera's flash. It's much more likely to occur when the photo is taken in dark lighting because the person's iris is open wider.

Photoshop Elements 6 has a simple and effective way of dealing with this. The Auto Red Eye can find the pupil and change it to a natural black while importing photos into the Organiser.

To do this, you'll have to open the Fix tab, select the photos you wish to edit in the Photo Browser, then click on the Auto Red Eye Fix tool. To remove the red eye more precisely, you can use the Red Eye Removal Tool icon that's easily spotted in the toolbar.

To manually fix red eyes in the Editor or in Quick Fix, select the tool, and set the Pupil Size and Darken Amount options. You'll have to manually click a red area of the eye of draw a box over the eye area.

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