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In this lesson, I'm going to share with you what might just be the fastest method out there for improving the appearance of a photo. In this case, I'm working with an image captured while I was walking around at night in the streets of Tokyo, Japan. The colorful signs illuminated and going up the sides of the building, really captured my eye and so, I took a photograph. But needless to say at night, things are pretty dark. And especially because of the bright lights and that caused a relatively high contrast scene where there's not a lot of detail in the shadows.
In a situation like this you might not really know where to begin, but the fix could take just a single step. Let me show you what I mean. If we choose enhance and then Auto Smart Fix from the menu then the Photoshop Elements Editor will examine the image and apply an automatic adjustment. Let's see how it does for this photo, I'll go ahead and choose the command from the menu and the image is updated. You can see that I have considerably more shadow detail and overall the image looks better.
Of course in some cases you might want to exercise just a little bit control and that's certainly possible as well. I'll go ahead and click the Undo button to undo that Auto Smart Fix. And then I'm going to switch from the Full Edit Mode into the Quick Edit Mode. In Quick Edit Mode, I have a Smart Fix option and here instead of a single command, I can actually dial in the degree of adjustment I want. So I'll go ahead and increase the Fix Amount. Notice that as I increase the value for this slider, the image updates and so I can evaluate the result as I'm making my adjustment.
I think right about there looks good, so I'll go ahead and click the Check button in order to accept the change. And now my image is updated with just one minor adjustment either by choosing a single command from the menu or adjusting a single slider in the Quick Edit Mode, we can apply a quick fix to our images.
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