Once all issues are fixed, launch AutoDev again and tell it to 'redo' the stretch. If all is well, AutoDev will now create a histogram stretch that is optimised for the "real" object(s) in your cleaned-up dataset.
If your dataset is very noisy, it is possible AutoDev will optimise for the fine noise grain, mistaking it for real detail. In this case you can tell it to Ignore Fine detail.
If your object(s) reside on an otherwise uninteresting or "empty" background, you can tell AutoDev where the interesting bits of your image are by clicking & dragging a Region Of Interest ("RoI"). There is no shame in trying multiple RoIs. AutoDev will keep solving for a global strecth that best shows the detail in your RoI.
Understanding how AutoDev works is key to getting superior results with StarTools.
If even visible, don't worry about the colouring just yet - focus getting the detail out of your data first. If your image shows very bright highlights, know that you can "rescue" them later on using, for example, the HDR module.
Thank you StarTools for turning my average photos into amazing ones.
Open an image stack ("dataset"), fresh from a stacker.
To view just the model that Life is using to enhance the image, the 'Output Glow Only' parameter can be set to 'Yes'.
In this case the Life module can be used to isolate objects in an image and lift them from an otherwise noisy background.
As of the 1.4. beta versions, StarTools stores the masks you used in the StarTools.log file.
You can convert everything you see to a format you find convenient. Give it a try!