Table of Contents
|1:00||Lesson Overview and Curve Basics|
|3:55||Why It’s Called a “Curve”|
|4:52||Input vs. Output: What Happens When You Change a Tone|
|10:22||How the Curve Creates a Feathered Adjustment|
|13:24||Adding Anchor Points to Adjust Smaller Groups of Tones|
|14:07||What Happens When the Curve is Too Steep|
|14:39||The Target Adjustment Tool|
|16:26||Black and White Points: Available Tones vs. Actual Tones|
|19:21||Moving Black and White Points Horizontally to Condense the Tonal Environment|
|22:23||Moving Black and White Points Vertically to Flatten Contrast|
|24:02||Setting Tonal Limits in Lightroom|
|26:56||Color Channels and Curves|
|31:36||Counterbalancing Color with Curves|
|33:20||Additional Tips and Precautions When Using Curves|
Probably the most requested topic for me to cover, and it’s easy to see why…
It’s one of the most powerful and dynamic tools for adjusting colors and tones, but many are completely baffled by the controls..so it’s often passed over for more straightforward tools like the tonal sliders or HSL panel.
In a (very) simplified explanation…curves provide a visual and interactive way to adjust your colors and tones. The more precise you are with your adjustments, the higher the quality…and we all want our detail to look top-notch.
I see many photographers leave a LOT on the table by not incorporating curves into their workflow, so I wanted to put together an easy-to-follow (yet comprehensive) exploration of this fantastic creative tool.
I think you’ll be especially impressed with what curves can do for your colors.
Whether you’re a purist or heavy manipulator, or somewhere else along the creative spectrum…you’ll only wish you learned curves sooner.
And this video lays it all out for you.
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