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Using Levels

You are looking through the archive section of the old Stitch printed magazine covers and you notice that they have all scanned a little cream-colored instead of bright white and that the blacks have all turned a little gray. This is where the ability to manipulate levels comes in handy.

1.
Open the first magazine image (see Figure 5-38).

Figure 5-38. Old scanned Stitch Magazine color with dull whites and blacks.


2.
From the top menu bar select Image>Adjust>Levels (see Figure 5-39).

Figure 5-39. Selecting Levels from the Image>Adjust top menu bar.


3.
You will see a box with lines that look like stereo levels (see Figure 5-40).

Figure 5-40. The Levels dialog box.


4.
Make sure Preview is clicked so you can see your progress live.

5.
To increase the blackness of the black, slide the triangle just below the far left of the levels. Slide it to the right and watch what the image does. Stop when the darks reach the level you want (see Figure 5-41).

Figure 5-41. Using the triangle slider to create darker blacks.


6.
To increase the whiteness of the white, slide the triangle just below the far right of the levels. Slide it to the left and watch what the image does. Stop when the whites reach the level you want (see Figure 5-42).

Figure 5-42. Using the triangle slider to create lighter whites.


7.
You can also play with the midtones by sliding the center triangle.

8.
Once you've got the correct white–black range that you want, open the rest of the images and find the right range for each image.


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