Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Levels to warm an image, part of Affinity Photo Essential Training.
- In this chapter, we'll look at how we can use the Adjustments inside Affinity Photo to enhance and improve the image. The good thing about Adjustments is we can undo them later. The four basic Adjustments are Levels, Contrast, Colours, and White Balance, and these have automatic settings. So for example, we can click Auto Levels, and you can see it as a little bit of contrast to this image.
Let's do it ourselves then, so we can get a feel for how the Adjustment works. We'll Undo that. We'll go to Layer, New Adjustment Layer, and we'll add the Levels Adjustment, and you can see we can also use the shortcut, Command + L. And the Levels Adjustment shows us this histogram, and that shows the amount of light and dark in the image. Our Black and White Level sliders are used to adjust the darkest point and the lightest point in the image, so if you drag the Black slider to the right, you can see it's making the whole image darker, it is strengthening the dark areas.
If we drag the White Level to the left, as you'd expect, it brightens up the light areas. We can also drag for Gamma Adjustment, and this brightens up the mid-tones. So it's a question of balancing these three sliders. We want the whole image slightly brighter, we want the Black to be good and strong, and we want to bring the White down just a little. So that looks rather better than it did before, but there's still something rather gray and washed out about this.
I think she'd look a lot better if we could warm up those skin tones. Well, we can do that within the Levels Adjustment because so far we've been looking at the Master Adjustment, and that's the overall brightness. We can change to each of our channels, so if we move to the Red channel, we can increase the Gamma here, and you can see how this brightens up the Red. It adds a touch more Red to it. If we think that's too much, we can use the Black Level to pull that down, and it's a question of balancing all of these Adjustments until we get the effect we want.
We'll put this away. But even though we've closed the dialog, it still appears as its own Adjustment Layer above the Background. We can turn it on and off. There it was before, here it is after the Adjustment, and in fact, we can double click it to open up its dialog. There are all the controls as we left them. Now we can carry on experimenting with this, changing the way it looks. So the great thing about using Adjustment Layers is you never need to commit yourself to any one Adjustment.
You can always come back and edit it later.
- Using Affinity Photo's raw controls
- Applying lens correction
- Removing chromatic aberration and fringing
- Reducing noise and sharpening photos
- Making and modifying selections in Affinity Photo
- Creating layer masks
- Making global adjustments
- Adjusting shadows and highlights
- Enhancing color
- Converting to black and white
- Applying standard and live filters
- Creating photomontages in Affinity Photo
- Working with image stacks
- Distorting images
- Exporting photos from Affinity Photo
Skill Level Beginner
1. Using the Raw Controls
2. Using Selection Tools
3. Advanced Selection Tools
4. Using Adjustments
5. Working with Filters
6. Creating Photomontages
7. Distortion and Special Effects
Distorting with Mesh Warp2m 18s
8. Text and Graphics
9. Exporting Images
Using the Export Persona2m 37s
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