Find Curves a little confusing? Try this simple tip.
Most users will either use Curves a lot or they won’t use it at all. The Curves interface is more complex than Levels, which scares away many users. A Curves adjustment allows for up to 16 control points. This can significantly open up more options when adjusting color and exposure. But where do you click?
Step 1: Add a Curves Adjustment Layer.
Step 2: Click the icon that looks like a pointing finger.
Step 3: Now just click and drag in the image to modify the curve. The control points will appear in the editor based on where you click.
Step 4: Move up to lighten and down to darken that part of the image.
Now you’ve got complete control over the tone in your photo!
Rich has published over 100 courses on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.
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