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Old 01-25-2009, 06:28 PM
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Default Auto Color in Photoshop

Early on I was told never to use Auto Color and was one of the people dismissing Auto Color as yet another in the Auto Levels, Auto Contrast family (i.e., great tools for inventing colors that your image should never have).

For better results using Auto Color, go to Image>Adjustments>Curves (or Levels), click the Options button and use the following setup:
  • Find Dark & Light Colors (Note: This is the algorithm for Auto Color...the other 2 represent Auto Contrast and Auto Levels)
  • Snap Neutral Midtones
  • Shadow Clip-0.05%
  • Highlight Clip-0.05%
Then turn on the Save as Defaults checkbox and click OK.

The next time you use Auto Color, you should get better results. This helps tame Auto Color and preserves more of the information.
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I too dont use auto anything. I used to. I will try your system out.

Thanks for sharing.
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WOW, that does make a difference. Again, thanks!!!!
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I've not tried it yet (just getting back into PS after several years) but one would think they'd build things like that into preferences so they could be saved.
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It doesn't work for every photo but it is a good place to start, at times. If you don't like what you see, simply hit 'Ctrl-Z' to undo.

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It doesn't work for every photo but it is a good place to start, at times.

Fred
I used it on a photo that the colors were obviously wrong. But yes I agree, it shouldn't be used as a "fix all" but a good place to start. .
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Another command for color is [Image, Mode, Lab Color] Its best to do this in layers.
Ctrl+M a curve menu comes up with a drop down on top.
Lighten, a and b. Make sure when adjusting you equalize both side of the curve (Left side Right side) The a drop down is red and green. the b side is blue and yellow. I like it better than the saturation slide When you have changed the curve go back to image Changer to RGB Do not Flaten. Then you can adj the level of opacity . You can also change the intensity by adjusting it from normal to a miriad of setting in the drop down box.
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