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Thu, Jun 9, 2011 5:45 PM

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Lightroom: I'd like to Auto Levels like Photoshop

I often find that I'm not quite levelling the histogram out as well as it could be. Partly this may be down to the fairly small Lightroom histogram and my high res screen.
When I export my photo into Photoshop I find I can bring in the highlight slider in from the right to make my photo a bit more punchy. This can often be achieved quickly by using Auto Levels which seems to do the job of bringing highlight and shadow detail up to the ends of the graph mostly perfectly.
Auto Tone in Lightroom generally does an awful job as it does far more by adjusting brightness and recovery as well as exposure. It usually changes the picture dramatically for the worse. Strange really as in PS is actually also called Auto Tone!

What about it Adobe? Auto Levels/ Auto Tone along the lines of Photoshop?

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13.9K Points

10 y ago

We'd need to have levels first, and since auto-levels is done on a per-channel bases, we'd have to have it by channel. Since all we have is a combined tone curve, more work would have to be done first.

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11.1K Points

10 y ago

John, for the time being you could create a preset that only performs an auto-exposure and auto-blacks. You do that by creating a normal preset for "auto tone" and then editing the text file for the preset to remove auto recovery etc.

Victoria Bampton's "Missing FAQ" describes the workaround in detail.

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312 Points

10 y ago

Hi TK for the tip. I have Victoria's book but I couldn't get it to work any better (i.e. rubbish) than Auto Tone.
Have you had any luck here? If so can you send me the txt file?

Left before. Right after auto tone. Ughh