How to Use the Targeted Adjustment tool in Curves Photoshop: Lighting


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Using the Targeted Adjustment tool in Curves

In this movie, I want to highlight another feature that you can use when working with curves adjustments, which will allow you to speed up your workflow and to be a bit more precise. This is a photograph of the Mendocino coast, and one of the things that I notice with this picture is that because of all the fog, it's a little bit undefined. What I want to do is darken up the foreground here, but maintain some of the brightness that we have in the background. To do that, we'll click on our adjustment layer icon for curves. Now, when you open up the curves dialog, you may have noticed there's this little icon right here.

This is called the targeted adjustment tool. If you click on this tool it will activate it. Then you can position your cursor over the image, and notice how this little circle is showing you the tonal values underneath your cursor here. What you can then do is you can go to an area and then just click and drag. In doing that, I'm dragging down the darker tones in the foregro...

Using the Targeted Adjustment tool in Curves
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Using the Targeted Adjustment tool in Curves provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Chris Orwig as part of the Photoshop for Photographers: Lighting Effects

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Photography
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