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Q1:My inkjet printer uses CMYK inks. Why can’t I work in CMYK color in Elements?
A1: Color modes are one of the features that Adobe chose to simplify in Photoshop Elements. But don’t feel as though you’ve been cheated. You couldn’t actually work in CMYK anyway. Your computer screen only displays colors in RGB mode. Today’s home and office printers make the translation from RGB color to CMYK automatically, and very effectively.
Q2:I think I could greatly improve my photo by making the background less obtrusive. How can I do so?
A2: You can try several different techniques. In this hour, you learned how to blur the background with the Blur tool. You can smear it with the Smudge tool, reduce its intensity with the Sponge tool, or darken it with the Dodge tool. If you move your subject to its own layer, you can use the Liquify filter discussed in Hour 10 to warp and twirl the background, remove color from the background as discussed in Hour 12, or experiment with one of the many filters we’ll talk about in upcoming hours. The possibilities are endless.
Q3:If you oversharpen, can Blur bring back the picture?
A3: Unfortunately, no. Your only hope is to undo, or to back up in the Undo History list to some point before you used the Sharpen tool.


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