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Fixing photos automatically with Auto Smart Tone

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Video: Fixing photos automatically with Auto Smart Tone

The Auto Smart Tone feature and the Expert Edit workspace not only automatically corrects the tonal values in your photos. But it learns from you the kinds of corrections that you prefer and applies those other similar photos in the future. To see how this works, I have a series of images that I think are a bit lacking in brightness and contrast. I'm going to start with this one. And I'm going to try to correct this using a first pass through Auto Smart Tone. I'll go to the Enhance menu, and I'll choose Auto Smart Tone.

Fixing photos automatically with Auto Smart Tone

The Auto Smart Tone feature and the Expert Edit workspace not only automatically corrects the tonal values in your photos. But it learns from you the kinds of corrections that you prefer and applies those other similar photos in the future. To see how this works, I have a series of images that I think are a bit lacking in brightness and contrast. I'm going to start with this one. And I'm going to try to correct this using a first pass through Auto Smart Tone. I'll go to the Enhance menu, and I'll choose Auto Smart Tone.

That opens this Auto Smart Tone window, with five copies of this image. The copy in the center, the large one, already has an initial Auto Smart Tone correction applied to it. To show you that, I'm going to go to the before after toggle at the bottom of this window. And I'll click toward the left side of that toggle. That's how the image looked when we started. Here's how it looks with the slight auto correction that Auto Smart Tone applied to it. Now, before I do a further correction to this image. I want you to see that by default, Learn from this correction is checked in the List menu at the bottom left of the Auto Smart Tone window.

And that means that the feature is going to learn from the way I continue to correct this image. Now the whole idea here is that I shouldn't have to analyze the feature for contrast or brightness. All I have to do is look at the four thumbnails in the corners. And choose the direction in which I want to take this image. So I see that down here there's a bright thumbnail. I'd like the image to be brighter so I'm going to click on the control point which starts in the center of this first photo. When I click there I get this grid and as I move the control point to different boxes in this grid, notice that the appearance of the image is changing.

So if I go way up here it looks different, if I way go down here it looks different. I think I am going to take it may be to just about here. Let's do it before and after by clicking the toggle so that's where the image started. And here is how it looks with this correction. And remember, Auto Smart Tone is not only correcting this image. It's learning from the way I've chosen to correct. So I'll click OK, and now I'll go to the next photo. This one is also, I think, a bit too dark, and lacking in contrast.

So again, I'll go to Enhanced Auto Smart Tone. And notice that the default correction that Auto Smart Tone applies to this image is pretty strong. The image really does look brighter and more contrasty than where it started. I will do it before and after clicking the toggle. So that's where this image started and here it is with Auto Smart Tone's correction. And if you look at the control point, notice that it starting over here were I set the control point in the last similar image. So Auto Smart Tone really is learning from my corrections.

If I like the way this image looks, I can leave the control point here. Or I can click and experiment with moving it into other squares in the Auto Smart Tone grid. Let's try this for example. And I'll click OK. Now let's go to a third image. Again, I'll enhance, Auto Smart Tone and you can see that the control point is not in the middle of the image. Rather, it's starting where the feature things I would like it to start, based on my corrections to previous images. Here's a before and after view.

And if I want even more of a correction here, I'll move the control point and click OK. So now I have all three images here in my Expert Edit work space ready to be closed and saved with my Auto Smart Tone corrections. Now one more thing if you want to reset Auto Smart Tone so that it ignores whatever learning its taken from your previous corrections. You can do that by going to Preferences. On Windows, Preferences are in the Edit menu. On a Mac, they're in the Adobe Photoshop Elements menu at the top of the editor.

I'll go down to Preferences, and I'll go to General Preferences and I'll click Reset Auto Smart Tone Learning. And the tool tip explains what's going to happen when you do that. I'll click OK. And OK to close the Preferences. But my corrections to these three images still remain. And I can save and close these images with those corrections.

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