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Chapter 3. Raw Hide: Mastering Camera Raw > Camera Raw Essentials - Pg. 60

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Twelve (Brightness): The next adjustment slider down is Brightness. Since you've already adjusted the highlights (with Exposure) and shadows (with the Shadows slider), the Brightness slider adjusts everything else (I always relate this slider to the midtones slider in the Levels dialog, so that might help in understanding how this slider differs from Exposure or Shadows). There is an Auto checkbox for Brightness, but I'm not too crazy about this particular Auto setting, as it seems (to me anyway) to give the photo a flat look, but hey--that's just me. Turn Auto on/off and see if you agree--or just drag the slider to the right (above 50) to lighten the midtones or to the