Auto Tone

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.

* Death Valley NP

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14 Responses

  1. Nancy Bell says:

    Great idea. I heard you say this sometime in the past, and I frequently give a go on my images to check the effect.

    Superb image! I’ve never been and it looks surreal.

  2. Dennis says:

    It looks very similar to terrain along Dinosaur Trail in Alberta, Ca. Have you ever been? Also similar to the North Dakota Badlands. Great tip, and great image.

  3. Ron May says:

    Picture looks like Zabriskie Point – brings back fond memories. Thanks for the tip. I have always wondered about those commands.

  4. Gretchen Cole says:

    Thanks for the tip. You are always a sharing teacher. My question is do you do Auto Tone/Correct before or after any other ACR adjustments?

    Hi Gretchen,
    I do most of my work in Lightroom first then final or targetted tweaks like this in Photoshop to take advantage of layers and masks.

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