Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Levels to fine-tune contrast, part of Photoshop CS6: Restoring Photos.
By their nature, older images tend to need a little bit more tender loving care …when you're applying your adjustments. In this case, for example, I have an …image that is a little bit washed out and lacking in contrast. …Instead of using brightness contrast however I'm going to use levels to apply …an overall brightness and contrast adjustment. …And the reason for that is that the levels adjustment allows me to work on …the highlights and the shadows separately. …I can adjust the white point to determine how bright the brightest areas of the …photo will be separate from the black point which determines how dark the …darkest values of the image will be. Let's take a look at how the levels …adjustment works. I'll start off by adding an adjustment …layer for levels, and so I'll go to the bottom of the layers panel and click on …the Add Adjustment Layer button, the half black half white circle icon and from the …pop up menu I'll choose Levels. That will add a levels adjustment layer …and as you can see I now have the adjustment controls available to me on …
- Choosing your source image
- Adding metadata
- Image restoration strategy
- Working with layers
- Evaluating before and after
- Tonal and color adjustments
- Image cleanup
- Adjusting detail
- Saving the master image
- Creating a print or online version
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. Tonal Adjustments
3. Color Adjustments
4. Targeted Tonal and Color Adjustments
5. Image Cleanup
6. Adjusting Detail
7. Finishing Up the Image
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