Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Before Auto Tone
Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ After Auto Tone
To use Auto Tone effectively in Photoshop start with a duplicate layer. Then go to Image> Auto Tone. The amount of Auto Tone applied to the top layer may be too much–in fact it often is, but at a reduced opacity it can be nice. So adjust your opacity to taste. I also use Auto Contrast (found directly below Auto Tone) the same way.
When I first started using Photoshop I was warned not to use Auto Tone or Auto Contrast as it would make my images look over baked…and to some degree that is true. However, as I became more confident with my Photoshop skills I found that using a touch here and there could be good. With any adjustment in Photoshop the key is to enhance not overpower your images.
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