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Photoshop CC tutorial 3: Manual & Auto Levels

Introducing layer & auto (tone, contrast & colour)

  1. File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Adjustments > Auto 1.psd.
  2. Right Click the layer ‘Original’ and Duplicate.
    Duplicate layer in Photoshop CC
  3. Name the layer ‘Auto Tone’.

    Name duplicate layer
  4. Image > Auto Tone.
  5. Observe the changes (for good or bad).
  6. Turn the eye off on the layer. This makes the layer invisible.

    Turn eye ball off Photoshop layer
  7. Right Click the layer ‘Original’ and Duplicate.
  8. Name the layer ‘Auto Contrast’.
  9. Image > Auto Contrast.
  10. Observe the changes (for good or bad).
  11. Turn the eye off on the layer. This makes the layer invisible.
  12. Repeat steps 7 - 9 for Auto Color.

Note: By turning the eye on and off on different layers you can compare results. Remember every image is different so trial each Auto command.

 

Levels in Photoshop CC

Levels is a tool in Photoshop which can move and stretch the brightness levels of an image histogram. It has the power to adjust brightness, contrast, and tonal range by specifying the location of complete black, complete white, and midtones in a histogram. Since every photo’s histogram is unique, there is no single way to adjust the levels for all your photos. You’ll play with the settings to get the best results.

  1. File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Adjustments > Levels 1.jpg.
  2. Right Click the layer ‘Background’ and Duplicate.
  3. Rename the layer ‘Levels’.
  4. Image > Adjustments > Levels.
  5. Adjust the small white, grey and black arrows underneath the histogram.
  6. Remember there aren’t any perfect settings, play until you are happy. Remember to turn the preview on and off to see the adjustments.

changing levels in Photoshop CC

 

* Avoid using the Output Level sliders for the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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