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Using automatic adjustments

Photoshop CS contains a number of highly effective automatic features that fix pictures with very little effort on your part. These are all you need for certain kinds of jobs you might face. However, when you want more control, you can dig down into some of the more technical features and controls available in Photoshop.

Just to be a good sport about it, you’ll try the automatic adjustments first. A little later, you’ll make adjustments using manual controls on another copy of the lesson image.

  1. Make sure that you remembered to save your work after you finished cropping the image in the previous procedure, or choose File > Save now.
  2. Choose File > Save As, type 03Auto.psd to rename the cropped file, and click Save.
  3. Choose Image > Adjustments > Auto Color.
  4. Choose Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight.
  5. In the Shadow/Highlight dialog box, drag the Highlight and Shadow sliders as needed until you think the image looks good. Make sure that Preview is selected so that you can see the changes applied to the image window as you work.
  6. Click OK to close the dialog box, and then choose File > Save.
  7. Close the 03Auto.psd file. Then choose File > Open Recent, and select the 03Work.psd on the submenu of recently opened files.
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