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Auto-adjusting in Quick Edit

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Video: Auto-adjusting in Quick Edit

Never of the controls in the Quick Edit workspace offer an Auto Option. Now, when you use Auto you lose control over the result. But if you're in a hurry it's sometimes worth taking a look at the Auto adjustments. Here I have a photo that I think needs some additional contrast, but I'm satisfied with the color. So, let's see what the various Auto Adjustments do to this photo. I'm going to start with Smart Fix. Smart Fix is intended to fix everything at once, color and tonal values. Down at the bottom of the Smart Fix panel, there is an Auto button.

Auto-adjusting in Quick Edit

Never of the controls in the Quick Edit workspace offer an Auto Option. Now, when you use Auto you lose control over the result. But if you're in a hurry it's sometimes worth taking a look at the Auto adjustments. Here I have a photo that I think needs some additional contrast, but I'm satisfied with the color. So, let's see what the various Auto Adjustments do to this photo. I'm going to start with Smart Fix. Smart Fix is intended to fix everything at once, color and tonal values. Down at the bottom of the Smart Fix panel, there is an Auto button.

I'm going to click the Auto button, and that did change the appearance of the photo. To compare this version to the original, I'll go to the View menu, and I'm going to choose before and after. So, you can see that the after version is a lot less cool or blue. And that there is more contrast, which you can see in the detail in the stairs. I'm going to save this version. I'll go to the File menu, and I'll choose Save As. And I'm going to change the suffix on this name to Smart Fix. I will include the result in the Elements Organizer, and Save it in a version set with the original.

I'll save it in the same location as the original and I click Save and I click OK, in the JPEG options. Now I am going to close this image and back in the Organizer, I see my version set with the original on the right and the Smart Fix Adjustment on the left. I am going to select the original. And I'm going to apply a different Auto Adjustment to it, in Quick Edit. With the original selected, I'll click the Editor button, and that opens the original here in Quick Edit. And this time I'm going to go to Levels Controls, we have potential potential Auto Adjustments, Auto levels and Auto contrast.

I'll start with Auto Levels. And as you can see, Auto Levels has increased the contrast here. But, it has also had an effect on the color of the image and that's something that Auto Levels often does do. Well, let's save this, by going to the File menu, Save As. I'll change the suffix of this one to Auto Levels. And I'll click Save. I'll quick OK, in the JPEG Options and close the image. Now in the organizer I have three versions, the original, the Smart Fix adjusted version and the Auto Levels adjusted version.

And you can see the color is different in all three. I'll go back and select the original again, again bring it into the Editor, and this time I'll go back to the Levels Controls, and I'm going to apply Auto Contrast. Now, Auto Contrast attempts to adjust the tonal values much like levels does. But unlike levels, Auto Contrast doesn't have much effect on color. So let's see what it does to this photo. I'll click Auto Contrast, and I do like that result. The color is pretty much the same as the original. But there's more contrast or punch here.

So I'm going to save this one, File > Save As. I'll change the suffix to Auto contrast, and click Save, and OK. And I'll close this one. One more time, I'm going to go back and select the original in the Organizer. Take it back into Quick Edit and this time I'm going to go to the color section of the adjustments, where there is an Auto Color button. Now the purpose of this button is to adjust the overall color balance.

So I'll click there. And there was a slight effect on color, but not much. Lets Save this one for comparison purposes. File Save As. I'll name this Auto Color and click Save and click OK. And now I'm going to close the image to go back to the Organizer. Here in the organizer, I can now compare all of the Auto Adjusted versions. Now this one is the original. You can see that it's got kind of a cool tone and it's a bit lacking in contrast.

Here is the version with Auto Smart Fix, the version with Auto Levels, Auto Contrast and Auto Color. In this case I am partial to the auto contrast result, but you may like a different one better, there is no right or wrong answer here. They are just options, and so if you are in a hurry and you want to try to quickly correct a photo. Then give some of the Auto Options in Quick Edit a try.

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