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The new Auto option for Curves and Levels

From: Photoshop CS6 New Features Overview

Video: The new Auto option for Curves and Levels

Photoshop has long included some Automatic Adjustment options for the levels and curves adjustments. But to be perfectly honest I've rarely found them to be all that helpful. The issues that they attempted to address simply weren't the most common issues that I would run into in my images. With Photoshop CS6 however, there's a new option for an automatic adjustment in levels and curves that I do find quite useful. Let's take a look, I'll go ahead and add a Curves Adjustment Layer. I could add either curves or levels because both include the exact same option, but I'll go ahead and opt for curves, so I'll click on the Add New Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Curves from the Popup menu. You'll notice that with Curves, we still have the Auto button available to us, but to take advantage of the new feature, we need to take a look at the Auto options for Curves.

The new Auto option for Curves and Levels

Photoshop has long included some Automatic Adjustment options for the levels and curves adjustments. But to be perfectly honest I've rarely found them to be all that helpful. The issues that they attempted to address simply weren't the most common issues that I would run into in my images. With Photoshop CS6 however, there's a new option for an automatic adjustment in levels and curves that I do find quite useful. Let's take a look, I'll go ahead and add a Curves Adjustment Layer. I could add either curves or levels because both include the exact same option, but I'll go ahead and opt for curves, so I'll click on the Add New Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Curves from the Popup menu. You'll notice that with Curves, we still have the Auto button available to us, but to take advantage of the new feature, we need to take a look at the Auto options for Curves.

So I'll click on the panel Popup menu at the top right of the Properties panel and then choose Auto options and the same process would apply if you had added a Levels adjustment. When you choose that option, the Auto Color Correction options dialog appears and you'll see the three previous options, Enhance Monochromatic Contrast, Enhance Per Channel Contrast and Find dark and light colors. But the new option is Enhance Brightness and Contrast. You'll notice, that your not able to refine the behavior of this option at all.

It's simply a matter of choosing this option, and then clicking OK, and the adjustment is applied. I'll go ahead and tun off the Visibility for the Curves Adjustment Layer so that we can see the before version of the image and then I'll turn the Curves Adjustment Layer's visibility back on. And you can see that sure enough we have enhanced Brightness and Contrast for the image. You have to navigate a menu to get to a separate dialog to access this control, but once you're there it's actually quite simple to apply. So this new option, to adjust Brightness and Contrast automatically with the Levels and Curves Adjustment gives you a quick and easy way to get started modifying the adjustment, whether it's Levels or Curves, to give you a pretty good basis for your overall Tonal Adjustments.

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Photoshop CS6 New Features Overview

39 video lessons · 1512 viewers

Tim Grey and Olaf Giermann
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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 24m 48s
    1. Interface update
      1m 41s
    2. Panel updates
      4m 0s
    3. File compatibility preferences
      1m 57s
    4. PDF presentation
      4m 2s
    5. Contact sheets
      4m 24s
    6. Tool recording in actions
      3m 34s
    7. Print dialog updates
      5m 10s
  3. 9m 10s
    1. Adobe Camera Raw updates
      5m 27s
    2. Auto Brightness/Contrast adjustments
      1m 36s
    3. The new Auto option for Curves and Levels
      2m 7s
  4. 28m 6s
    1. Crop tool overhaul
      6m 41s
    2. The Perspective Crop tool
      3m 5s
    3. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 31s
    4. Patch tool updates
      4m 45s
    5. The Content-Aware Move tool
      5m 45s
    6. The Detect Faces option
      2m 19s
  5. 18m 44s
    1. The Oil Paint filter
      2m 51s
    2. Airbrush tips
      2m 24s
    3. Erodible brush tips
      2m 28s
    4. The Field Blur filter
      3m 51s
    5. The Iris Blur filter
      3m 25s
    6. The Tilt-Shift filter
      3m 45s
  6. 7m 29s
    1. Paragraph and character styles
      4m 50s
    2. Vector layers
      2m 39s
  7. 22m 16s
    1. The Timeline panel
      2m 35s
    2. Video groups and arranging clips
      1m 55s
    3. Trimming and splitting clips and adding transitions
      4m 25s
    4. Creating a transformation with layers
      2m 45s
    5. Adding and animating pictures
      2m 48s
    6. Applying adjustments and filters to frames or whole videos
      4m 24s
    7. Exporting video
      3m 24s
  8. 43m 16s
    1. Goodbye Repoussé: The new 3D workflow
      5m 12s
    2. Improved viewport navigation
      4m 55s
    3. Splitting, rotating, and aligning extrusions
      7m 43s
    4. 3D materials and rendering
      5m 45s
    5. Advanced 3D features
      8m 24s
    6. Live extrusions and shadows and reflections in the viewport
      5m 9s
    7. Painting on target textures
      6m 8s

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