Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring strategies for using Auto, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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When it comes to using Auto functionality I highly recommend that you start…in Camera RAW, you can pass JPEGs, TIFFs and RAW files through Camera RAW …and you're going to get a friendlier interface, but you're also going to get …the opportunity to share any changes made to one file with dozens or even…hundreds of other files.…So, here we're in Camera RAW with a JPEG and I'll note that all of my sliders…now have a common midpoint and this is important, because when I click Auto…here, we're going to see all of them move quite a bit.…
So yes, totally different image, the exposure has been bumped way up, the…contrast has been pulled down and we've made some changes to our Shadows and Highlights.…Now the one thing I want to change here is just to pull the Exposure down and…then I have a pretty good image, I could share that with a bunch of other images…and I'm right about where I want to be, but maybe we don't have an image that's…supported by Camera RAW, maybe we have a PSD, Photoshop's native document, …
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
- Reinventing the Crop tool
- Rediscovering the Auto button
- Getting the most out of curves
- Understanding Smart Sharpen
- Building blur and softness
- Working with a graphics tablet
- Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
- Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
- Using presets