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Aperture gives us some excellent Auto adjustments that we are going to be talking about, both in Curves and in Levels, and we also have one in Exposure. But I want to focus on these four right now, because you can customize the auto adjustments so that it works for you, for your taste. Let me show you what I mean by that. I'm going to go up to Preferences, and we are going to go to the Advanced tab. And I think, by default, Aperture usually has these set around ten or so, something like that, the Black Clip and the White Clip.
So, what does that mean? Well, that really affects what happens when you click these Auto buttons, because the more you move the slider this way in your Preferences, the more contrast-y your adjustments are going to be, the harsher it's going to look and I'll give an example. So, let's just move these over so that they are going to be very contrasting. I'm going to close that. We'll go to Auto Curves. I'll just click on that and see how the blacks are very black, and the whites are very bright? Now I am going to go back to our Preferences. I am going to move those all the way back to zero, which is actually more the area that I usually mine in.
Your mileage will vary. Set them to what looks good to you. Now we are going to this Auto adjustment again, back in Curves. And you see that it's much flatter. So, you use these settings in the Advanced tab, in Preferences, to configure, essentially, your Auto adjustments, your threshold is really what you are setting for both the Curves and the Levels Auto adjustments. Get them exactly the way that you want so that when you hit Auto, it really is auto. In other words, one click and you has something that's pretty darn close to what you want.
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