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This is a photograph that I captured out in the desert in Joshua Tree in California and I want to change the look of this image. So, we are going to use the Parametric Tone Curve in order to dial in some brightness and contrast. Then, we're going to combine those adjustments with some adjustments in the Basic panel to finish this project off. All right! Well, let's click on the tab for our Tone Curve. Here in the Tone Curve panel, I am just going to click-and-drag to bring my highlights up. Next, I am going to work on my Shadows and I am just trying to dial in some Contrast.
Then here, I am going to work on the overall Lights and I am trying to just find the right spot for how we can brighten this image up, and bring in some nice contrast; a nice look and feel and texture. What I want to do is create an effect which is a little bit cinematic. Let me show you. Well, here we have our Preview, there is before, and now here's after. We dialed in the Tonality here. Next, I am going to go back to the Basic panel. In the Basic panel, I am going to increase my Midtone contrast by increasing the Clarity. Next, I want to decrease the Vibrance to remove a lot of the blues there.
I also may modify the overall Saturation, and again, I'm looking to try to create almost a cinematic type of a color palette. And here, you can see that by using these two panels together, it can help us come up with some interesting results. Let's take a look at the before-and-after with the Tone Curve that brought in that nice amount of contrast, and brightness. Here we may want to modify that just a little bit more, and then in the Basic panel, we finish this off by adding some Clarity and modifying the Vibrance and also the Saturation.
The reason why I wanted to show you this image was to get you thinking about how these controls, they allow you to work with tone, yet, typically whenever you're working with tone, you don't do that in an isolated way. Rather, you make some changes as we did here, and then you jump to some of your other panels in order to further modify your photographs. And by using these different adjustments and panels together, it helped us come up with an interesting look. All right! Well, let's review the overall before-and-after. To do so, we need to click in one of our last two tabs, and here it is, here's the original photograph, here's the before and then now here's the after.
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