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If you prefer to be able to work very quickly to optimize the appearance of your photos, you're going to love a new option for the Brightness Contrast Adjustment that applies an automatic adjustment to your image. Let's take a look at how it works, I'll go ahead and add a new Brightness Contrast Adjustment Layer. So, I'll go to the bottom of the layers panel and click the Add New Adjustment Layer button. And then choose Brightness Contrast from the popup menu. This will bring up the Brightness and Contrast controls on the properties panel. Which of course by enlarge just consist of a Brightness slider and a Contrast slider, very straight forward. But even easier is the new Auto button, If you click Auto an automatic brightness and contrast adjustment will be applied to the image. You'll notice that what actually happened is that the brightness and contrast sliders were moved to a different position automatically. That means you could have achieved the exact same effect on your own. Photoshop is just giving you a little bit of assistance in establishing optimal settings for an image.
And of course, you can continue fine-tuning the settings as you like. I'll go ahead and turn off the visibility of the Brightness Contrast Layer, so that you can see the before effect, and then I'll turn it back on, so you can see the after effect. And sure enough, you can see that there is a good improvement in the image in terms of the overall tonal values. We've got a little bit more brightness, and with the brightness increased so much, actually Photoshop reduced the contrast setting. But still, the overall effect is to have a little bit more contrast in the overall photo. So you can see, the Auto button can give you a great head start, for a basic brightness and contrast adjustment, for any image.
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