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Improving images with the Point Tone Curve


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Lightroom 3 New Features

with Chris Orwig

Video: Improving images with the Point Tone Curve

Now that we know a little bit about the Point Tone Curve, let's explore how we can apply what we know to a photograph. Here we have a picture that I captured in Sayulita, Mexico, and I really like the light. I like how it's cascading down these stairs, and I had to stick my camera through a fence in order to capture this image, and I want to explore how we can work with the Point Curve in order to improve this image. Well, to do that, let's navigate to the Develop module. Let's open up the Tone Curve panel and then let's click on the Point Curve icon. Well, here we can see that the Point Curve which has been applied is this medium contrast.
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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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Lightroom 3 New Features
3h 32m Intermediate Jun 11, 2010

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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 New Features, photographer and author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 brings to each phase of the photographic workflow—from importing and editing, to exporting and publishing. This course details Lightroom 3's new importing and asset-management features and its significant improvements in the Develop module, including enhanced sharpening and noise reduction. Chris also shows how Lightroom 3 broadens output options, and shares workflow tips and advice for upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with images processed in earlier Lightroom versions. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Importing and managing photos and video clips
  • Improving efficiency with enhanced collections
  • Applying sharpening and noise reduction
  • Mastering the enhanced adjustment brush, graduated filter, and vignette features
  • Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
  • Adding audio to slideshows
  • Creating custom print packages
  • Importing on-the-fly with tethered shooting
  • Publishing photos to Flickr
  • Publishing to a smart folder and smart photoset
  • Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with legacy images
  • Making and working with creative watermarks
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Improving images with the Point Tone Curve

Now that we know a little bit about the Point Tone Curve, let's explore how we can apply what we know to a photograph. Here we have a picture that I captured in Sayulita, Mexico, and I really like the light. I like how it's cascading down these stairs, and I had to stick my camera through a fence in order to capture this image, and I want to explore how we can work with the Point Curve in order to improve this image. Well, to do that, let's navigate to the Develop module. Let's open up the Tone Curve panel and then let's click on the Point Curve icon. Well, here we can see that the Point Curve which has been applied is this medium contrast.

Well, let's crank this up a bit and here we will go to Strong Contrast. We'll see even a larger S-curve here. Let's say that we really like this contrast that we brought in, but we don't quite like how dark a few areas are, and we're also concerned that we might be losing some detail here. Well, in order to check for loss of detail, I am going to press the J key. The J key will turn on my Clipping Indicator. In this case, whatever colors are highlighted here show me that I have a problem area in the shadows and also the highlights. Well, here on the Point Curve I can correct these really easily.

What I can do is go down to my Shadow Point and I will just click and drag this up a little bit, correcting that area, bringing up those blacks, so they're a little bit brighter. What about the highlights? Well, the same thing. I could either click on this White point and drag down, or I could grab the Target Adjustment tool, go over the problem area which is this white area here, and then just drag down a little bit. You can see how that color is now disappearing. Now the great thing about this is we can then modify other areas of our photograph as well. We can make our way through the image and click and drag one way or another, brightening or darkening different areas of the photograph, or we can also click on the curve and make adjustments that way as well.

The fun thing about this is we can customize the way an image looks simply by dragging across these points or dragging up and down on these points in order to change the overall look and feel of the photograph. Here what I'm going to do is just look to try to add a few points or modify a few points in order to give this a little bit of a different look. I need a bit more of a brightening effect there in some of the darker areas and just bringing in a little bit more light there. Let's look at the before and after. Here it is, before and then after.

A pretty subtle adjustment, yet nonetheless, we were able to use this Point Curve to make some really significant improvements to the photograph. We can do this with other images as well. Click on the first image in the set. Now, with this photograph, what I want to do is not only correct the image, correct the highlights there, but also enhance it. So here I will grab the Target Adjustment tool. I will hover over that problem area, then click and drag down. All right! Well next, I can work on some of these other areas. In particular I want to bring up this area here.

So I will go ahead and click and drag down or up depending on how I want to change this. Now, as I change this, one of the things that you notice is that it looks a little strange. You see that edges are a little bit strange there. One of the reasons is because there are a lot of points surrounding this. To remove a point, click and drag it off of the line here, so that we don't have that. Now as I make those changes, they look a little bit more natural. Again, just darkening up some of those areas. Giving a little bit more of a boost to that tone there in that area of the photograph.

I can also go up to my whites there and bring some of the detail back down here and just make my way through this photograph, looking to make a few changes here in regards to the way this image looks. All right! Well, let's evaluate how we've done? Here is our before and then our after, changing the overall tonality which in turn also changes the color of a photograph. Now, the whole point here is just to begin to illustrate how we can use this Point Curve in order to work on real specific areas of our photograph.

What we can do is take all that we know about curves from working with curves in Photoshop and we can now apply that in this nondestructive raw processing context of Lightroom 3.

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