Levels and Curves anatomy


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Levels and Curves anatomy

Photoshop has lots of marvelous Color Correction tools, many of which are aimed at automating the color correction process, and they're all located in the Image Adjustments menu. Here we have Brightness and Contrast, Vibrance, Color Balance. There's lots of them. However, as a matte artist, you'll primarily be using only three of these tools, Levels, Curves, and Hue/Saturation. The keyboard shortcut for Curves is Cmd or Ctrl+M. Levels is Cmd or Ctrl+L. And Hue/Saturation is Cmd or Ctrl+U.

Levels and Curves have a lot of controls in common. You can do many of the same things in both of them, so let's take a a moment to talk about the anatomy of levels and curves. First, there is a graph of the image you are working on in the middle of both called a histogram. Here it is in the middle of Curves, and then it's darker and more squashed in Levels. The way the histogram works is that it shows the white tones of the image on the right side and the dark tones on the left or horizontally.

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Levels and Curves anatomy
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Levels and Curves anatomy provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by David Mattingly as part of the Digital Matte Painting Essentials 4: Texturing

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3D + Animation Design
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Photoshop
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