The futility of Output Levels


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The futility of Output Levels

I've saved my progress as Gamma tweak.psd, found inside the 14_levels_curves folder. And in this exercise, I'm going to explain what's going on with the Output Levels values. Now, if you want the one sentence summary so that you can skip ahead to the next exercise and get on with your life, it's, don't worry about them, they are virtually useless. So I guess that's almost two sentences there, but that really does sum up the Output Levels values. Having said that, let me show you how they work. They sometimes come in handy with Masking, other times you might find them useful when compositing effects on top of each other and applying special Blend modes.

But for standard everyday average corrections, you don't need them. Here's what it does. We've got an Output Level value of 0, which is black and an Output Level of 255, which is white. And what you're doing is you're saying, the black point here, whatever black point value we specified, in this case...

The futility of Output Levels
Video duration: 2m 56s 26h 24m Intermediate Updated Aug 31, 2010

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The futility of Output Levels provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

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