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Fixing problems automatically

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Video: Fixing problems automatically

There are several ways to correct the colors in an image. And in some cases, like what we're going to look at in this movie, Photoshop will do the work for you. It's not always the best job, but a lot of times, it'll get you in the ballpark. And if color correction really isn't your thing, then this is the feature for you. So, I'm going to go to the Layers panel. I'm going to create a New Adjustment Layer. And these top three here in this area, Brightness Contrast, Levels, and Curves, they all have an Auto button that allows Photoshop to kind of look at the image and guesstimate what the best way to correct the image is. And so, in this case, I'm going to choose the Levels effect. And as you can see here, there's a big Auto button. And when we click that, again, Photoshop is going to examine the image. It's going to look at the brightness, and the contrast, and the shadows. And it's going to kind of figure out how to take this image from this kind of muddy-looking colors that the system has going on here. Everything looks kind of washed out and usually it doesn't have that much pizzazz to it.

Fixing problems automatically

There are several ways to correct the colors in an image. And in some cases, like what we're going to look at in this movie, Photoshop will do the work for you. It's not always the best job, but a lot of times, it'll get you in the ballpark. And if color correction really isn't your thing, then this is the feature for you. So, I'm going to go to the Layers panel. I'm going to create a New Adjustment Layer. And these top three here in this area, Brightness Contrast, Levels, and Curves, they all have an Auto button that allows Photoshop to kind of look at the image and guesstimate what the best way to correct the image is. And so, in this case, I'm going to choose the Levels effect. And as you can see here, there's a big Auto button. And when we click that, again, Photoshop is going to examine the image. It's going to look at the brightness, and the contrast, and the shadows. And it's going to kind of figure out how to take this image from this kind of muddy-looking colors that the system has going on here. Everything looks kind of washed out and usually it doesn't have that much pizzazz to it.

So, if I click the Auto button, boom, pizzazz. (LAUGH) And that may be a little harsh the contrast is a little strong there, although I definitely like how it darkened things out. Her hair definitely looks a lot more vibrant. I might want to dial that back down just a little bit, and again, because it's all in the Adjustment Layer, I have all the power in the world to do that. So, I could click this top layer, turn off the visibility. There's before, there's after. And just to show you here, could also do the same thing with Brightness Contrast, here is an Auto button there.

And we could also do the same thing with Curves, and there's the Auto button there. They do different things, for example, I'll turn off the visibility of levels here really quick, and I'll go back to Brightness Contrast. Double-click this little icon here to open the panel back up again. Click Auto and it changed it but it didn't look, it doesn't look as good. And I'll go to Curves and try Auto and it kind of made everything more bright, it didn't darken the shadows as much as I would have wanted.

So, here's what Levels Auto did to it, Auto Brightness Contrast, and Auto Curve. So, you see, you get some different results, which is kind of fun to be able to have Photoshop guesstimate three different ways for you, so you can pick the one that you like. Again, I prefer Levels in this case. And we have some pretty good results with just a minimal amount of effort.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

43 video lessons · 12256 viewers

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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