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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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