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Digital Darkroom : Curves by photo-class Digital Darkroom : Curves by photo-class

Hello fellow readers,

Today's tutorial has been designed and written by :iconpecchio: with a couple additions and the traditional ~photo-class layout from ~roy204.

It is an introduction to the concept and usage of the "Curves" tool in Adobe® Photoshop® and other popular image editing picks. We hope you find this useful, it is mostly for beginners although you may always find out things you didn't know... ;)

As always let us know what you think, and feel free to add any comments on the content, add your own tips or correct any mistake or misconception you spot.

Have fun!
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Digital Darkroom : Curves written by =pecchio [posted by *photo-class] is an excellent tutorial to the Curves tool, one of the most important tools (yet one of the most difficult, as well) for editing photos. ( Suggested by diamondie and Featured by bleedsopretty )
xgnyc Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to create this very wonderful and useful tutorial! :clap: :thumbsup:
xxxshadowedsoulxxx Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009   Digital Artist
thanks!! i didnt think i could understand that mystical thing called curves in ps unless i reached enlightenment.:)and yet you made it seem simple!!
piathesurrealist Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009   Photographer
This is very helpful. :D I've been looking for a tutorial on curves that would be easy to understand. I've been searching the internet and they're all just hard to understand. :D Thanks for posting this one. Great help. xD Heheh. I like how you cut it in three parts. That made me understand it better since I could associate the mid tones, bright, shadows, with the levels tool. :)

Thanks again for the awesome tutorial. :hug:
Neo-Br Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial!

very useful!! tks!!
Daggertooth Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
I never knew Photoshop could do this. Thanks.

I have been recently manipulating my photos with curves, though before now I didn't know they were called curves. I've been using a program that came with my camera. There I get to manipulate the Red, Green, Blue, and RGB curves. I move the Red, green, blue up and the RGB in the oposite direction so I get both the bottom two of the three major curves you show in your tutorial. Seems to make the colors brighter in a desired way without doing much else. What exactly am I doing?


mygzus Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Student Photographer
The yearbook staff that I'm on right now could really benefit from using this for some of our pictures!
cleanshvr Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic tutorial, I can't thank you enough! I've certainly played with Curves before, but have never used nor understood anchor points! This is extremely helpful for me, using dramtic lighting in my nudes!
cblue Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
This was really helpful, and easy to follow :clap:
MyDigitalSin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Thanks, that helped a lot!
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