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When were walking around, we tend to look straight ahead or perhaps down at the ground were walking on. But sometimes you can find an interesting view by looking up. In this case, I was walking around the streets of New York, and I was struck by the layered effect of the buildings rising up from the city. I decided to capture an image but the result lacked contrast. They just didn't have the impact that that scene had when I'm standing there, and so I'd like to improve the overall contrast. Elements includes an Auto Contrast option which can greatly improve the overall appearance of an image very very quickly. In fact so quickly that they just take one step. I can choose Enhance followed by Auto Contrast from the menu, and that will apply a quick boost in contrast for the image.
This is similar to Auto Levels. The difference is that it's focused exclusively on increasing contrast, and in most cases Auto Contrast will result in more contrast than you would get with Auto Levels. In addition to being able to access the Auto Contrast command from the enhancement, you can also work in the Quick Edit mode. There you will find an Auto button for contrast, and clicking that button will give you the same result as though you had chosen Auto Contrast from the Enhance menu.
Contrast is one of those attributes we tend to really like in an image. And especially when you're looking for a specific amount of pop in you're photos, this can be a great way to apply a quick adjustment.
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