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Auto Color

I often get frustrated when attempting to make generic color shifts using Levels or Curves because the image can change in unexpected ways (due to the fact that you're not just controlling the highlight/midtones/shadows like many other adjustments). If I'm having trouble getting the overall look I was aiming for, then I'll end up clicking on the Options button in either Levels or Curves, which sends me into the Auto Color Correction Options dialog box. I like to set the Algorithms setting to Enhance Monochromatic Contrast so I don't get rid of color in the highlights or shadows of the image. Then, to shift the overall color of the image, I turn on the Snap Neutral Midtones check box and click on the color swatch that appears next to the word Midtones. It should start with gray, but if you shift that color toward another color, the general atmosphere of the photo should change as you introduce a colorcast (Figures 10.47 and 10.48). That's great for changing the overall feeling of a photo to make it appear more warm (toward red/orange) or cool (toward blue/cyan).

Figure 10.47. The original image. (©2005 PhotoSpin, www.photospin.com)



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