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Hour 12. Too Light/Too Dark: Adjusting B... > Using the Automatic Correction Tools

Using the Automatic Correction Tools

Being somewhat lazy, I always start to fix a problem image by trying anything that says Auto. Elements offers three: Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color Correction. All are on the Enhance menu, along with the other color correction tools we’ll be looking at later this hour. Remember that all these corrections can be applied to the entire image, to a selection, or to one or more layers.

Auto Levels

It’s certainly worth a click. Auto Levels automatically adjusts the tonal range and color balance in your photo, to make sure that there is a range of values (shadows, midtones, and highlights). It defines the lightest and darkest pixels in an image, and then redistributes the intermediate pixel values proportionately. If Elements doesn’t think the levels need adjusting, it won’t change anything. If it does, the screen will blink and your image will reappear, looking better (hopefully). If you don’t like the changes, click Undo.


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