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Getting a Visual Readout (Histogram) of Your Corrections

In previous versions of Elements, there were two ways to see a histogram. (A histogram is a graph showing the tonal range of your photo.) You could either view it when using Levels, or you could open a dialog that would display a histogram. But you could only view it in this dialog—it wasn’t updated live as you made tonal adjustments. In Elements 3, Adobe made the histogram its own floating palette, so now you can have it open as you apply adjustments while in Standard Edit mode. Plus, it shows you before-and-after readings before you click the OK button in a tonal adjustment dialog, such as the Adjust Smart Fix dialog.

Step One

Open the photo that needs a tonal adjustment. Now, go under the Window menu and choose Histogram to open the Histogram palette. (By the way, this palette is only available in Elements 3’s Standard Edit mode—not in Quick Fix mode.)


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