Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Then versus now: Understanding how the Auto button works, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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The opportunity was very clear that we can improve what we offered around Auto.…Instead of having a very simple algorithm that just plotted points for black and…gray and white, we wanted to offer something more intelligent.…So let me show you what we did in Photoshop CS6 to change Auto.…Here we have a pretty dark image. I'm shooting into the sun here and it's great…because I've got all of the detail in the clouds, but I'm missing a lot of…information in the shadows and it's just not very pleasing to the eye.…So, a great first step would be to come in here and do an auto Adjustment.…
Now there has never been Auto in Brightness/Contrast.…Although Brightness/Contrast is very approachable term, mean something to just…about every user, and so it makes sense that we put an Auto button in there.…If I click Auto in Brightness/Contrast, I'm going to see a very dramatic change…to my image, I've got plus (+) 88 Brightness and minus (-) 49 Contrast and this…is an adaptive method.…Essentially what we've done is we have hundreds of thousands of images,…
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