Curves are hard to use.

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
ImageAmateur Senior Member • Posts: 4,384
Re: Curves are hard to use. blend modes

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.

Along with curves /other adjustment layers, may I suggest to be judicious in what blend mode you use.

The Luminosity blend mode in Photoshop or PSP X6 will ensure that you can adjust the overall contrast without affecting color balance.

And be gentle with adjustments at first, to gauge effect carefully.

Good Luck.

PS Here is a wonderful site for an introduction into the post processing including curves. I suggest reading blend modes as well as curves, at least.

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