Curves are hard to use.

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Curves are hard to use.
In reply to machoman, Apr 25, 2014

machoman wrote:

I'm trying to use curves to manipulate contrast and find it very difficult to be successful at it. I usually use Levels but find it does destroy quite a bit of data as it cuts the shadows & highlights points. Does anyone regularly use curves to improve contrast - or do you still fall back to levels?

Technically curves has a lot of benefit but it's so hard to get a nice photo out of it.

And, if your curves adjustment does what you want but causes concerns in other portions of the project, fill the mask with black and apply selectively with a white brush at whatever opacity. Also, try soft light mode as a blend.

Unsharp mask, again applied selectively, will also increase contrast.

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