Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Curves, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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Photoshop can be an intimidating application and I think the most intimidating…feature in Photoshop is Curves.…The whole idea of wrangling a diagonal line to yield a proper exposure is…pretty foreign to people.…The first place that I want to show you how Curves work and how easy they can…be is in Camera RAW.…And again, I could pass a JPEG, a TIFF or a RAW file through here and Curves…work a little differently in here.…We've taken the familiar diagonal line over the Histogram, but we've wired it to…sliders that mean something to all users.…
So for instance, if I want to take the Dark area of this image and make it…darker, I just pull that slider to the left.…If I want to make the Light area and make it lighter, I pull that slider to…the right, and I see that I've built a nice S shaped curve, which introduces contrast.…So this is really easy to work with and I can apply it to multiple images really quickly.…One of the things that I hear when I show this to people is that's really great…but there's not enough control, I need more than just four sliders.…
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