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Photoshop Levels And Curves

Your Ultimate Control To The Expression Of Your Photographic Art
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This course covers the use of the Photoshop Levels and Curves tools and the lectures are shown using actual real-time screen captures of the software in use.

Taking this course will allow the student to greatly increase their knowledge of photo image preparation and show why primary application of these techniques will boost, not only their confidence in the use of software, but also viewer appreciation of their photographic art.

Students should enroll in this course if they are interested in learning true photography and are no longer satisfied with leaving the results of their photographic art in the hands of automation.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for those who have a basic knowledge of digital photo software but feel they are not getting the kind of photographic results that they hoped for. This course will not be suitable for those who are looking for in depth tutorials on the advanced aspects of Photoshop.
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What Will I Learn?
Confidently approach their digital image processing with the knowledge that the finished result will have impact and a reinforced presence in the world of Photography.
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  • If students do not have a version of Photoshop the CS2 (unsupported) version can be downloaded, fully licenced, for Free, from - If students use other photo software that contains the tools discussed this should be sufficient.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 23 Lectures Collapse All 23 Lectures 02:08:49
1 Lecture 05:25
The Histogram And Levels
5 Lectures 32:06

This lecture looks at the Histogram.

This contains all the data in our picture and is the starting point for all work consideration.

1. Introducing The Histogram

This lecture looks at the workings of the Levels panel.

This is where we start our initial work for any image.

2. Introducing A Working Levels Panel

In this lecture I explain why it is so important to accurately set our Levels before we do anything else to our image.

Preview 06:23

After discussing the importance of using Levels, in this lecture we will adjust the introduction image using the techniques we have already studied.

4. Adjusting The Intro Image To True Colour

5. Levels Summary
Everyday Work With The Curves Panel
4 Lectures 23:19

In this lecture we will be introduced to the Curves panel.

6. Introducing The Curves Panel

This lecture will demonstrate the primary use of the Curves panel for contrast adjustment to our images.

7. Adjusting Contrast With The S Curve

Here we will learn how the Curves panel can be directly aimed at just highlight adjustment in the image.

8. Adjusting Highlights With The Curves Line

Here we will learn how the Curves panel can be directly aimed at just shadow adjustment in the image.

9. Adjusting Shadows With The Curves Line
Taking The Curves Panel To The Next Level
7 Lectures 46:22

This lecture introduces what will taught in this section.

10. Section Introduction

This lecture examines the Eyedropper tool that will used in the deeper use of the Curves panel.

11. The Eyedropper Tool

This lecture examines the Brush tool that will used in the deeper use of the Curves panel.

12. The Brush Tool

Here we learn how any point within the image can be precisely located in the Curves panel.

13. Tone Plotting In The Curves Panel

After learning about the S curve adjustment earlier in the course here you will learn how to make very selective adjustments with it anywhere in the image.

14. Selective S-Curves

After learning about the S curve adjustment earlier in the course here you will learn how to make several selective adjustments with it anywhere in the image, at the same time.
15. Multiple Selective Curves Layers

This lecture covers the use of Layer Masking in Curves layers.

16. Layer Masking Curves Layers
Curves And Colours
3 Lectures 10:49

Here we introduce how the Curves panel works with colours.

17. Introduction To Curves And Colours

This lecture covers how a green colour cast may occur in an image and how it can be removed with the Curves panel.

18. Curves And The Green Cast

This lecture covers how a blue colour cast may occur in an image and how it can be removed with the Curves panel.
19. Curves And The Blue Cast
Changes To Curves Panel And Goodbye
3 Lectures 09:48

This lecture examines how the Curves panel has changed in appearance in later editions of Photoshop software.

20. Changes To The Curves Panel

Here we bid a fond farewell to each other

21. Goodbye

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About the Instructor
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My name is Michael Andrews and it was about 1985 when I, one day, found myself with a pocket of spare cash and nothing to do with it.

It was my brother who suggested that I follow in his footsteps and buy a camera with the possible view of taking up photography as a hobby: not something I had thought about but I thought to give it a try.

After the purchase of a second-hand Olympus OM10, two lenses and a Manual Adaptor, (in case I liked it and wanted to learn how to take pictures properly, instead of relying on the automatic settings), I commenced my photographic journey.

Thirty years later and I am still in love with my cameras and the process of capturing images.

I still study photography, in case there is anything I have missed, that I may learn something new. I still buy the same monthly magazines, publishing similar articles that I have been reading for thirty years.

I started in the Darkroom and as time has gone on I’ve moved to the computer screen to process my efforts. I am still, however, a believer that as a photographer it is my job to create the best possible image in the camera and that the software is no more than a ‘polishing’ and printing tool; the same as the darkness and smelly chemicals.

I teach basic, core photographic techniques as often as possible, and although many would argue that software can cure many ills of picture taking I think that fundamental photographic technique is far more preferable.

I am not a big user of software, probably using only about ten of the hundreds of tools available in Photoshop, and these are the ones that give me the same ‘photographic’ results as the Darkroom.

Digital manipulation is still a relatively new technology, where as most of the World’s most memorable, high impact images have come from Photographers.

Thank you for checking out my course, and if you would like to be a better photographer you’ve come to the right place.

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