The best way to gain confidence in applying adjustments with Curves is to understand how to "read" a curve. In this lesson you'll learn what various shapes on a curve translate into in terms of changing the appearance of an image.
By configuring the Auto Color Correction options in Curves, you can apply quick color and tonal adjustments to your images. This lesson will show you how to best configure and utilize this adjustment option.
The eyedroppers in Curves allow you to quickly establish the black, white, and neutral values within an image. This video will show you how to put these controls to work and how to tailor them to your specific needs.
The Curves adjustment allows you to make changes that target specific tonal ranges within an image. As you'll see in this lesson, when you add a layer mask to focus the adjustment to a particular area, the power of Curves increases significantly.
If you start your color adjustment in Curves by focusing on the end points for each color curve, you'll also be improving the tonality of your image at the same time. You'll learn how to use this technique in this lesson.
This chapter will provide you with some creative inspiration when it comes to using Curves with your photos.
Creativity with Curves
While you generally want to preserve as much shadow and highlight detail as possible, in this lesson you'll discover how an extreme contrast adjustment can produce an interesting interpretation of an image.