Auto Contrast and Auto Color Correction Commands as One-Step Auto Fixes

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Auto Contrast and Auto Color Correction commands are two of the five tools that Photoshop Elements 10 offers to improve the appearance of your images. These commands are available in either Full Photo Edit or Quick Photo Edit mode, and they’re all on the Enhance menu.

Because these correctors are quick and easy, try them on an image that needs help. Usually, you don’t want to use more than one of the auto fixes. If one doesn’t work on your image, undo the fix and try another. If you still don’t like the result, move on to one of the manual methods.

Auto Contrast command in Photoshop Elements 10

The Auto Contrast command is designed to adjust the overall contrast in an image without adjusting its color. This command may not do as good a job of improving contrast as the Auto Levels command, but it does a better job of retaining the color balance of an image.

Auto Contrast usually doesn’t cause the funky colorcasts that can occur when you’re using Auto Levels. This command works great on images with a haze.


Auto Color Correction command in Photoshop Elements 10

The Auto Color Correction command adjusts both the color and contrast of an image, based on the shadows, midtones, and highlights it finds in the image and a default set of values. These values adjust the amount of black and white pixels that Elements removes from the darkest and lightest areas of the image.

You usually use this command to remove a colorcast or to balance the color in your image. Occasionally, this command can also be useful in correcting oversaturated or undersaturated colors.