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Hi there, I've never used the full Photoshop (Elements 2.0 is my first photo-editing software) and I am looking for a curves tutorial for beginners. I use Levels to tweak my photos, but I've been told that Curves gives better results. I've just installed the Shipley Extras. Thanks in advance for any pointers, -Jorge...

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    Hi there,

    I've never used the full Photoshop (Elements 2.0 is my first photo-editing
    software) and I am looking for a curves tutorial for beginners. I use Levels
    to tweak my photos, but I've been told that Curves gives better results.
    I've just installed the Shipley Extras.

    Thanks in advance for any pointers,

    -Jorge


    Jorge Alvarez Guest

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    "Jorge Alvarez" <correoschafahotmail.com> wrote in message
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    Hi there, I've never used the full Photoshop (Elements 2.0 is my first
    photo-editing software) and I am looking for a curves tutorial for
    beginners. I use Levels to tweak my photos, but I've been told that Curves
    gives better results. I've just installed the Shipley Extras. Thanks in
    advance for any pointers,
    -------------------
    It's only my opinion, but Levels has a significant advantage when it comes
    to matching the captured image luminance range to the available display
    range. Moving those two little pointers to the beginning of the shadows and
    the end of the highlights on the histogram is simple in Levels, but pure
    guess work in Curves. Curves' value is in tweaking the gradient across the
    luminance range. (Maybe contrast is a better term, but where the
    input/output gradient is steep, the contrast is locally higher, or if it's
    shallow the contrast is lower). For instance, making the curve slightly "S"
    shaped will allow more contrast in the midtones without completely
    sacrificing contrast in the shadows & highlights. On the other hand if much
    of the detail you wish to display is in the shadow area, you can increase
    the gradient there and flatten the midtones and/or highlights slightly.
    This is very much a "try it" exercise, not a science. Just load an
    adjustment layer and have at it.

    My work process always includes a Levels layer, then usually a Curves layer
    on top of that to do the final tweaking. If color correction is needed, I
    usually do that in the Levels layer, before tweaking in the Curves layer.

    Regards, David Thompson
    Canon G1 + PS 5 + PSE 2 + Epson 3200i


    David Thompson Guest

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