Curves are hard to use.

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
Ron AKA Veteran Member • Posts: 4,875
Re: Curves are hard to use.

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.

I find the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, and Clarity (midtone contrast) sliders all I need. I may occasionally run out of slider room and have to save, then reapply a second pass. Adobe has progressively improved these sliders with each new version of their Process (2003, 2010, & current 2012).

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