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Chapter 11. RECOLOR > Curves and Levels

Curves and Levels

If you use the Curves or Levels command to make color or tonal adjustments, you should adjust the overall tone of the image first (the composite channel), and then adjust individual color channels, if necessary (a bit more cyan, a bit less magenta, etc.).

Using the Curves command, you can correct a picture's highlights, quarter tones, midtones, three-quarter tones, or shadows separately. You can even use multiple adjustment layers to do this. Use one adjustment layer for the composite channel first and then use another one for each individual channel to fine tune the color. And you can experiment with the layer opacity or use a layer mask to remove or lessen the effect in specific areas.


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