Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

The Power of The Curves Adjustment Layer – Part 1: Tonal Range & Contrast

In this video, we are going to take an introductory look at the Curves Adjustment Layer, one of Photoshop’s most powerful and flexible tools. In particular, the video demonstrates the strengths of the Curves tool:
  • How to use it to precisely extend the tonal range of an image and to add contrast;
  • How to avoid clipping highlights and shadows while adjusting the contrast;
  • How to master the S-Curve to achieve the desired final results.
Additionally, we share a few tips on how to optimize the use of the Curves Adjustment Layer throughout the video, including how to use the eyedropper tool to define the brightness point of an area in the image.

We hope you find this video informative and helpful!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out The Power of The Curves Adjustment Layer – Part 2: Manipulating Color if you haven’t watched it yet!

The transcript of this video can be found here.


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