Step 6: Correct Tonal Levels And Adjust Colors

Adjusting overall tonal range of an image and making color corrections are often two of the most


time-consuming steps in digitally processing digital photos. With the Photoshop 7 new Auto Color tool, these steps are reduced to a single-click command. However, you ought to be aware, that even though this tool is an improvement over previous auto functions, the results can be somewhat less effective than you may want. Certain images can also fool the automatic logic and make it misbehave. It is worth knowing how the underlying mechanism works so you can make the necessary corrections manually if need be.

■ After committing the crop selection in the prior step you will automatically be presented with the Curves dialog box shown in Figure 7.9

■ The first time you run this action on an image, check to make sure the initial settings for the Auto

Color feature are what they should be. To access these settings, click the Options box in the Curves dialog box to get the Auto Color Correction Options dialog box shown in Figure 7.10. For this technique, I suggest that you click Enhance Per Channel Contrast in the Algorithms area and click the box next to Snap Neutral Midtones to turn it on. Click the box next to Save as Defaults to place a check mark in that box. Click OK to save the settings. The next time you run the action, you can either change these settings if needed or skip opening this dialog box. ■ Click OK to apply the settings.



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