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Chapter 2. WWF Raw: The Essentials of Ca... > Letting Camera Raw Auto-Correct Your...

Letting Camera Raw Auto-Correct Your Photos

If you’re not quite comfortable with manually adjusting each image, like I mentioned at the end of the last tutorial, Camera Raw does come with a one-click Auto function, which takes a stab at correcting the overall exposure of your image (including shadows, fill light, contrast, and recovery), and at this point in Camera Raw’s evolution, it’s really not that bad. If you like the results, you can set up Camera Raw’s preferences so every photo, upon opening in Camera Raw, will be auto-adjusted using that same feature.

Step One.
Once you have an image open in Camera Raw, you can have Camera Raw take a stab at setting the overall exposure (using the controls in the Basic panel) for you by clicking on the Auto button (shown circled in red here). In older versions of Camera Raw, this Auto correction feature was...well...let’s just say it was less than stellar, but it’s gotten much better since then, and now it does a somewhat decent job (especially if you’re stuck and not sure what to do), so click on it and see how it looks. If it doesn’t look good, no sweat—just press Command-Z (PC: Ctrl-Z) to Undo.

Step Two.
You can set up Camera Raw so it automatically performs an Auto Tone adjustment each time you open a photo—just click on the Preferences icon up in Camera Raw’s toolbar (it’s the third icon from the right), and when the dialog appears, turn on the checkbox for Apply Auto Tone Adjustments (shown circled here), then click OK. Now, Camera Raw will evaluate each image and try to correct it. If you don’t like its tonal corrections, then you can just click on the Default button, which appears to the right of the Auto button (the Auto button will be grayed out because it’s already been applied).


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