Curves are hard to use.

Started 8 months ago | Discussions thread
realgeek
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Re: Curves are hard to use.
In reply to Johanfoto, 8 months ago

Johanfoto wrote:

Knowing your tools is always where it starts. It's true that there are newer tools that can be used where curves was used in the past. Color correction is a good example. I also hardly ever use curves for that. The contrast slider in ACR or Lightroom may be improved, but it still lacks the control you do have in curves, so while it may often be enough to use that slider, it still doesn't make curves absolete. The most important point in this discussion however is not only knowing when to use curves, but first and foremost how to use it.

Curves are not replaced with a single contrast slider. Rather, the "new" tools are all the sliders together, which allow you to affect the entire tonal range.

However, Kelby's point is that Curves ARE obsolete.  In fact, he would say that you are fooling yourself to think otherwise.  Of course, it's fine to disagree with him.  I'm just sayin' ...

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