Curves in Photoshop explained Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a beginner to intermediate tutorial on how to use curves in Photoshop. Curves are feared by many, but they don’t need to be. Colin will show you how they work in plain English

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Curves in Photoshop explained Photoshop Tutorial

Many people shake with fear at the very mention of Curves. You don’t need to fear anymore, because this helpful video will take the pain out of it. Watch as I explain in plain English how to use curves and bend them to your advantage. (pun intended).

Tips on curves

Use Adjustment Layers whenever possible, because they are non-destructive. (Can be changed later).

Click the little finger icon to drag and adjust directly on the screen.

(With the Curves Modal Dialog only Ctrl+M/Cmd+M – Non Adjustment layers)

Hold down the Ctrl/Cmd key and click on a portion of an image to add a targeted point to the curve.

Hold Down Ctrl+Shift/Cmd+Shift to add points to the color channels of a curve.

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Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith

About Colin Smith

Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe