Mini-review & Competition: Photoshop Curves Workshop
October 6, 2011 by Lubov Cholakova

The Curves adjustment in Photoshop has a reputation for being daunting, challenging, and for some photographers, even scary. Photographers who are adept at optimizing their images with Curves are held in high esteem-and by completing this workshop, you can be one of them.

Overview

About the Workshop:

The Curves adjustment in Photoshop has a reputation for being daunting, challenging, and for some photographers, even scary. But there’s no need to be frightened if you know your way around. In this workshop, Photoshop expert Tim Grey will take you step by step through every aspect of the Curves adjustment, helping you truly understand the concepts behind it so that you can quickly and easily maximize tonal range, optimize contrast, and enhance your photos´ color balance.

What You'll Learn:

In Video2brain’s Photoshop Curves Workshop, Photoshop expert Tim Grey will take you step by step through every aspect of the Curves adjustment, helping you truly understand the concepts behind it and how it can be used to help you maximize tonal range, optimize contrast, and enhance your photos’ color balance. Topics covered include:

  • Configuring the Auto Color Correction options in Curves to apply quick color and tonal adjustments to your images
  • Using black-and-white points and anchor points
  • Making on-image adjustments and targeted adjustments
  • Adjusting color with Curves
  • Applying creative effects like extreme contrast, pencil posterization, and inverted color

To help reinforce all you’ve learned, you’ll also work on a few projects that involve multiple adjustments. When you’re done you’ll never be scared of Curves again.

Competition:

In order to win on of the 3 coupons, which can be used for the Photoshop Curves Workshop, all you need to do is to answer the following question: What is the duration of this workshop?

Send your answer to this e-mail address, before Thursday the 13th of October 2011.
Table Of Contents

Getting Started

  • Introduction to Curves
  • Reading a Curve
  • Creating a Curves Adjustment
  • Working with the Adjustments Panel
  • Curves Display Options
  • Auto Color Correction Options
  • The Show Clipping Option

Curves Basics

  • Using Curves Presets
  • Using the Eyedroppers
  • Setting Black and White Points
  • Adding and Adjusting Anchor Points
  • The S Curve

Making the Most of Curves

  • On-Image Adjustments
  • Fine-Tuning Anchor Points
  • Using the Luminosity Blend Mode
  • Using the Pencil Tool
  • Saving, Loading, and Deleting Presets
  • Targeted Curves Adjustments

Curves for Color

  • Adjusting Color Balance with Curves
  • Advanced Color Balancing
  • Creating Neutral White or Black Points

Creativity with Curves

  • Extreme Contrast
  • Fading Back Shadows or Highlights
  • Creating a Pencil Posterization Effect
  • Creating a Cross-Processing Effect
  • Creating an Inverted Color Effect

Curves Projects

  • Correcting Contrast
  • Adjusting Tone and Color
  • Blending an Adjustment with a Gradient Layer Mask

Lubov Cholakova

Lubov CholakovaLubov has been with DMXzone for 8 years now, contributing to the Content and Sales departments. She is bringing high quality content in the form of daily blog updates, reviews, tutorials, news, newsletters,update emails and extensions' manuals. If you have a product that needs publicity or any other questions about the entire DMXzone community, she is the one you can contact.

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