Join Taz Tally for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Exploring Photoshop: Mastering Curves.
- If you have access to the exercise files, go ahead and download them from lynda.com, and then place them in a folder on your desktop. And then you may want to as I've done here relabel the folders to something that makes sense to you like I've got Curves_Exercise Files. And then go ahead and open up that folder and then depending upon how you have your operating system set up to view the contents of folders, go ahead and open up or launch or look into those folders. For instance, in this case, we can just click on these little tick marks to see the contents of the folder and you'll see your starting files.
Notice that all of these folders are organized by chapter number and then video number. In some cases, like in Chapter 02, Video 03, you not only see the starting file that you'll be using to follow along with the training, but you'll see a final version called Finished. There I've provided you with the final version of the file to show you what it looks like so you can actually open up the version that we used in Photoshop and compare it with what you have. Now if you don't have access to the exercise files, you're free to follow along with your own files. Alright, let's get started.
- Using Curves adjustment layers for nondestructive editing
- Setting highlights and shadows
- Making area-specific tonal adjustments
- Using masks to control adjustments
- Adjusting color, brightness, and contrast
- Making quick adjustments
- Fine-tuning your curves