Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Photoshop Curves Workshop

Creating neutral white or black points


From:

Photoshop Curves Workshop

with Tim Grey

Video: Creating neutral white or black points

When applying color corrections it seems most photographers focus on the mid-tone range in the photo. Which makes sense, considering that mid-tones tend to be the most prevalent in a given image. However, by focusing your color adjustment on the highlights and shadows, you'll likely find that you're able to optimize both tone and color much more quickly and accurately. Here I've already added a curves adjustment, so I'm ready to get started. Since the sky dominates this image, I think I'll start with the blue channel. So I'll chose blue from the pop up in the adjustments panel. I'll then adjust the end points for the blue curve. I'll start by bringing the white point inward.

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
Please wait...
Photoshop Curves Workshop
1h 46m Intermediate Dec 10, 2010

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

The Curves adjustment in Adobe Photoshop has a reputation for being challenging for some photographers. In this workshop, Photoshop expert Tim Grey takes you step by step through every aspect of the Curves adjustment, helping you truly understand the concepts behind it so that you can quickly and easily maximize tonal range, optimize contrast, and enhance your photos' color balance. Note: This course was recorded in Photoshop CS5, but was created with users of both Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS4 in mind.

Topics include:
  • Reading a curve
  • Creating a Curves adjustment
  • Working with the Adjustments panel
  • Using presets and eyedroppers
  • Adding and adjusting anchor points
  • Using the Luminosity blend mode
  • Curves for color
  • Creativity with Curves
Subjects:
Photography video2brain
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Tim Grey

Creating neutral white or black points

When applying color corrections it seems most photographers focus on the mid-tone range in the photo. Which makes sense, considering that mid-tones tend to be the most prevalent in a given image. However, by focusing your color adjustment on the highlights and shadows, you'll likely find that you're able to optimize both tone and color much more quickly and accurately. Here I've already added a curves adjustment, so I'm ready to get started. Since the sky dominates this image, I think I'll start with the blue channel. So I'll chose blue from the pop up in the adjustments panel. I'll then adjust the end points for the blue curve. I'll start by bringing the white point inward.

This will help to brighten up the blues in the image. As you can see, we're already effecting a chance within the clouds. If I hold the Alt or Option key, I can also see the clipping preview, so I know where I'm losing information in the image. I want to minimize the loss of information so I won't take the adjustment too far. I can also adjust the black point for the image in order to change where the darkest value for blue will appear. I'll then switch to the other channels to adjust them.

Making the adjustment to the highlights for green, as well as the shadows for green, and then checking my red channel as well. And I can finalize the over all appearance of highlights and shadows within the image. As you can see, this has helped optimize both tone and color at once. I've increased contrast but also helped ensure that the highlights and the shadows are perfectly neutral. Of course, I can continue to fine tune as needed. I can simply click around the mid point of the curve and then drag up or down to adjust the balance of color for which every channel I'm working on.

Red through cyan for the red channel, green through magenta for the green channel, and then blue through yellow for the blue channel. And of course I can focus each of these adjustments on a particular tonal range within the image. By focusing on the individual color channels and making your initial adjustment at the end points of the curve for each channel, you'll be able to optimize both tone and color at once much more quickly. And of course, I can always then switch back to my RGB composite channel in order to adjust overall tonality without effecting the color within the image.

There are currently no FAQs about Photoshop Curves Workshop.

Share a link to this course
Please wait... Please wait...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop Curves Workshop.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Welcome to the redesigned course page.

We’ve moved some things around, and now you can



Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked