Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring strategies for using Curves, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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When it comes to using Curves in Photoshop there are two ways to use them and…this applies to most image adjustments.…I can come up here to the Image > Adjustment menu and access any of these and…that would apply it to a flat image, the advantages here, it's fast and easy…and my file size is a little bit smaller. But the most power and the ability to…reedit the image come in Adjustment layers, and those are all served over here on the right.…So to show you more about how to use Curves, we're going to use an Adjustment layer. …I can pull this out, so I've a little bit larger dialog and the best way…to start here again is just click Auto and see what you get, and if I like that…result, I can either work from there, brighten the highlights, darken the…shadows by pulling these down or at any point I can reset.…
I also have these great Presets, so maybe I want a Strong Contrast image, …I can use the same approach.…I basically like what I have here, but maybe I want the dark area a little…darker, so I want to pull this down a bit.…
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
- Reinventing the Crop tool
- Rediscovering the Auto button
- Getting the most out of curves
- Understanding Smart Sharpen
- Building blur and softness
- Working with a graphics tablet
- Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
- Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
- Using presets