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Chapter 8. Image-Editing Basics > Knowing What to Fix

Knowing What to Fix

Just because your photos are editable doesn't mean that you can do everything with them (although you certainly can do a lot). Some problems are easy to determine and equally easy to fix. Red eye is one example. (You don't need to fix red eye by hand anymore, thanks to the push-button programs that do it so well.) Other problems, like a color shift or a fuzzy image, might be fixable with a recipe or wizard, but they could also require manual adjustment if you want them exactly right, rather than just OK.

Then there are the problems that aren't so easy to figure out: The image doesn't look quite right, but you don't know enough to know what's wrong and whether it can be fixed. Some image programs, like GraphicConverter or Adobe Photoshop Elements, offer you diagnostic tools to help determine what an image needs (Figure 8.1). If you look at an image in one of these tools and it improves as you experiment, you not only end up with a better image, but you learn what to fix when a future image needs help.


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