In this digital photography tutorial we teach you how to use the curves feature in Photoshop.
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Curves of the Image
Right, the next thing I’m going to do is just some select the curves on the image and the first thing I want to do is just lighten this tree up here. You’ll notice the picture, we’ve got this kind of pools of light where I’ve painted with the torch and I’ve created this light of pools so I want to bring some of those out as well a bit lighter.
We’ll do this tree first. But now, new curves are just there. I’m going to hold my cursor over the tree area to find out where it lies on the curve here. As you can see, the area we need right down above here. So I’m going to basically try and raise the curve especially down the bottom area. I’ll just pin that down a bit so we’re going to have a bit of contrast. I’m just going to bring the edge like that, click okay.
Next thing we’re going to do is get the Paint Bucket Tool, full brush set to black and just fill that layer with black, set the adjustment away then we’re going to zoom in to touch. Get a paint brush tool, full brush it to white. I will just paint in adjustments where we need it, like so.
Now if you go a bit too far, no need to worry about that because we can also dropdown the opacity on the layer and we may well need a new progress of it further in the image. We need to come back but we got to watch when we do this old thing is obviously it’s going to draw your eye to set opacity image so we need to kind of work through the image so that we can attract the viewer’s attentions to the places we want within the shot so this in this space we need to come back and just darken these down a little bit but that’s that first when we renamed this from tree curve.
And now we can move on to our next space. Right so the next thing I want to do is just to darken down some of the image that turned out these kinds of pools of light to stand out well. So we make another curve adjustments but this time we’re going to drag the image curve downwards to darken and you’ll also notice that as I’m doing that, the color is getting more intense and you probably haven’t set this to full but you can always turn the mode to Luminosity if you don’t want that to not affect the color so much, that’s the Luminosity at normal mode.
So I’m going to leave it normal for now and now I can add a paint bucket tool, filled with black to the image like I did before but it takes the adjustment away. Foreground there set to white with the paint brush tool and again, we can just now paint in the darkness where we want to. Well, I don’t really need anything to show at the back here so I’m just going to paint that down a bit. I might even go in and get rid of these some onto the white marks here in a bit and I want to darken this down a little bit. Take our eyes off there and down here as well and around here.
So, it’s just a matter, it’s just painting in the way you want the shading to appear. And I said that will then allow the light, the nice pools of light to stand out of it further but as I said earlier, you got to keep an eye on what’s hiding with the image and where your eyes being drawn to the moment it’s still fairly open but if you don’t understand too much and start highlighting the areas just make sure you’re highlighting the areas where you want your viewer to look.
So I bear that in mind. I’ve carry on darkness down a bit. I think here we got so far with this curve and then we may well have to result to some actual painting on the layer to darken as far as you want or even do a bit dodging burning but we’ll see.
So I’ll have now just to try that on Luminosity again. I usually want the difference for us to do. I’m going to leave it in normal. So we’ll rename this one “Darken” and we’ll take a step back in a second and see where we’re going.