Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Fine-tuning with Color Curves, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essential Training: 2 Editing & Retouching Photos.
Earlier in this chapter I showed you how to use the Enhance > Adjust…Lighting > Shadows/Highlights command to adjust the brighter and darker tones in…an image independently.…If you're looking for even more fine- tuned control over the various tones and…colors in an image, then instead, try out the Adjust Color Curves command under…the Adjust Color menu.…Before I apply that command I'm going to duplicate the background layer that…contains the photo, because this is a direct adjustment that will change the…pixels of the layer to which I apply the feature.…
I'll go over to the Layers Panel and I'll right-click the Background layer and…I'll choose Duplicate Layer, and then I'll click OK.…With the Background copy layer selected I'll go up to the Enhance menu and down…to Adjust Color > Adjust Color Curves.…I'm going to move this dialog box over, so we can see some of the image in the…document window behind the dialog box.…I do have a small live preview here inside the Adjust Color Curves dialog box in…
- Arranging the panels and interface
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Creating new layers
- Refining selections
- Hiding content with a layer mask
- Using adjustment layers
- Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
- Converting a color photo to black and white
- Creating a panorama from multiple photos
- Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
- Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Skill Level Beginner
1. Expert Edit Basics
2. Working with Layers
3. Using Selections and Masks
4. Correcting Photos
5. Using Photomerge
7. Processing in Camera Raw
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