Adjusting Smart Fix and Adjusting Lighting
Adjust Smart Fix: Along the same lines as Auto Smart Fix, this allows you to choose a percentage using a slider to enhance your photo. You can have Elements automatically choose a percentage, or choose your own.
Adjust Lighting: Sometimes when taking a photograph you’re faced with poor lighting. You have a gorgeous subject but the sun or indoor lighting doesn’t want to cooperate with you. This is where the Adjust Lighting choice comes in. You have three options to change the lighting of your photograph. First, you can click on Shadows/Highlights. This allows you to differentiate the exposure of how the photograph came out by adding more highlights or more shadow into the image. You can also adjust the midtone contrast of the image as well. This is all done by percentages, so you may have to test it a little. If you keep the preview box checked, you can see what your photograph will look like before you make the permanent changes.
Next, is Brightness/Contrast; This will allow for you to change the tones of the image if it happens to be overexposed or underexposed to look more natural, rather than washed out or too shadowed.
Lastly, is adjusting levels. The levels option comes in handy if you want the most possible control out of adjusting your photographs exposure. Levels will allow for you to use three sliders to control the shadow values, middle tones, and highlight value. It also lets you choose only certain portions of an image to adjust. You can add different layers in order to do different things with separate parts of your photograph. You can adjust the brightness in one section, fix the color cast in another section, and darken shadows in another portion.