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Another way that I can automate my color correction is using new features found inside of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC. Now, again, working nondestructively, I want to make sure that I don't work on my original background layer. So I can do this process actually using adjustment layers. To set this up, I'm going to go to my levels adjustment layer. And when I go in here, I have an auto feature. Now, if I click auto right now, it's going to go through and just run the presets that automatically came with Photoshop, and it's not going to do a whole lot for my image.
Instead, if you hold the Alt key or the Option key and click the Auto button, it'll bring up Auto Color Correction Options. Inside of here, I can preview this and see what enhancing monochromatic contrast would look like, enhancing per channel contrast, find the light and dark colors, or enhancing my brightness and contrast. The Enhance Per Channel Contrast starts doing the two-pass color correction method, but you can see it still looks a little off and, in fact, my background looks a little blue. So I do have a new feature down here called Snap Neutral Midtones which we'll go through and also help with that.
So as I go through, I can go through and evaluate each one of these, find the light and dark colors, enhance brightness and contrast, or see which one works best for this. After I'm done, I can save this as default, and use this over and over again on all my images. And it really helps me get started off on the right foot when it comes to color correction.
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