Adobe Photoshop Elements Enhance Menu - Including Auto Smart Fix, Auto Levels, and Auto Red Eye Fix
written by: xanadu324•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/10/2009
Working with the Enhance Menu allows you to do things with your photos like color correction, adjusting contrast, and converting to black and white. This article helps to explain the different menu choices and what they can be used for in order to enhance your photographs.
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Auto Fixing Your Photographs
Auto Smart Fix: Auto smart fix will automatically fix any photo problems dealing with poor exposure in contrast, color saturation, and color balance. Keep in mind that Elements will enhance the photo on its own computerized terms, so it may not always be the best choice for fixing your photographs.
Auto Levels: Auto levels will fix your photograph in the case that it was underexposed or overexposed. This comes in handy if you’re toying with the manual settings on your camera and got a great photograph, but it lacks detail due to the wrong exposure level.
Auto Contrast: Contrast is the difference between the lightest and darkest areas of a photograph. Auto contrast will help to fix a photo in the chance there is no pure white in the photograph (underexposed) or no pure black in the photograph (overexposed).
Auto Sharpen: This method of editing your photograph will help fix photographs that are blurred. It will help differentiate lines between different elements in the picture, rather than the image blurring together. Blur can occur when the camera was moved too much while taking the picture, or if you were taking a photo of a moving target and the camera’s shutter speed was too slow.
Auto Red Eye Fix: Elements will examine the photograph and try to correct the red eye that occurs when the flash goes off while taking a person’s picture. It will not always fix the problem and you will have to make the correction yourself.
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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.