Curves are hard to use.

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
ImageAmateur Senior Member • Posts: 4,305
Re: Curves are hard to use.

realgeek wrote:

Don't use them. You can do the same thing in other ways.

Check this out:

Kelby has gotten more and more strident on the issue since 2009. Curves are the old way of doing things. It's great for people who already know how to use it, but people who are learning photo editing now needn't bother to learn how to use it. It's kept primarily for legacy reasons.

Even if he goes a bit too far, it's still true that you don't have to learn how to use curves any more. You certainly can get by without it.

The article above reads to me, that one need not use curves FOR COLOR ADJUSTMENTS as much as before, but he still uses them for tonal and contrast adjustments and indeed, does not say that they should not be used at all.

The curves tool is used much for general contrast and tonality, not just color as he is referring to in the article.

Actually, to me, at the editing stage, color should already be almost where one wants it anyway, from the initial RAW conversion and color profile.

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