Almost any image-editor worthy of the name offers curves adjustments, but they can be tricky things to get right. It's easy to overcook the results or fix a problem in one area only to cause a problem in another. So here are ten top curves tips to show how they work, what they can and cannot do and how to get them right. By the way, all of the screenshots below are … [Read more...] about Top 10 tips for curves adjustments
Images often need a contrast boost to give them a little more life and intensity. It's a perfectly ordinary technique we've been using for years. Tone curve tools or simple contrast sliders are used to push the bright and dark values in the picture further apart to increase their separation (and, ideally, without 'clipping' extreme shadow or highlight detail. But this is a … [Read more...] about Dehaze vs Contrast – now there are two ways to boost images
We've all been there. You've got a shot that's fundamentally sound but lacks rich, strong colours or any kind of atmosphere. They can be tricky to fix and you can spend hours experimenting with settings that don't seem to get you any closer – and you don't want to resort to flashy and obvious effects filters. • Capture One Pro 11.1 review So there's a three-step technique … [Read more...] about Do your pictures need a boost? Try this wild three-step fix in Capture One!
You'll probably want to take a softly softly approach with female portraits, but male subjects usually demand a different style. Here are some Lightroom portrait tips for giving your pictures a more powerful, grittier feel. Lightroom CC/Photography plan trial version and offers I want to give this outdoor shot (above) a grungy, contrasty look, and I've got … [Read more...] about These Lightroom portrait tips will put power into your people shots
Spots, blemishes and messy details can spoil otherwise great shots, but you can fix them without ever leaving Aperture. You've probably spotted the Retouch tool on the bottom toolbar, and this does a decent enough job on minor problems, but have you tried the Aperture Spot and Patch tool in the main tools panel? Maybe you didn't even know it was there...? The Retouch tool … [Read more...] about Discover the secrets of the Aperture Spot and Patch tool
The Soft Contrast slider is one of the new features introduced in Silver Efex Pro 2, and its effects are quite different to the regular Contrast control. At first it can seem quite difficult to work out a use for it, but you'll soon discover when you start digging around in the presets that it keeps on cropping up. So here's an example where its effects can be seen very … [Read more...] about Discover the power of the Silver Efex Pro 2 soft contrast control
Photoshop Elements does not have the curves feature found in Photoshop itself and many other image-editing programs, and many people cite this as one of its limitations. I don't really agree. There's always more than one way to do anything, including modifying the contrast, and I find this 'overlay' method so quick and useful I often use it in Photoshop in preference to the … [Read more...] about How to boost contrast in Photoshop Elements with overlay mode