Tag: Curves

Adding localised levels and curves adjustments in Color Efex Pro 4

Nik (Google) Color Efex Pro 4 isn’t just a collection of special effects. It also has a number of powerful image-editing tools hidden amongst them, and one of these is the Levels & Curves tool. You can use this to make adjustments to your images in the same way you would in Photoshop, Elements and other image-editing programs. But these adjustments go further than you might think. Color Efex Pro 4 also offers control points for restricting its effects to specific areas of your pictures, and version 4 can also ‘stack’ effects, which means you can create as many...

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Better colours with curves adjustments

Contrast and saturation are closely related. Sometimes you can end up increasing saturation when really it’s the contrast that was the problem. That’s why it’s always a good idea to fix an image’s contrast and tonal properties before you start worrying about its colour. And one of the best tools for doing this is curves. You can apply curves adjustments in a whole range  of applications, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One and here, in Aperture on the Mac. Curves adjustments work the same whatever program you use. In this case I’m applying a classic ‘S-shaped’ curve to boost both...

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Rod Lawton – photographer, writer and Head of Testing for Digital Camera, PhotoPlus and N-Photo at Future plc.