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Levels

Photoshop's Levels command opens a tonal-manipulation powerhouse. For grayscale images, it's often the only tonal-manipulation feature we use. This deceptively simple little dialog box lets us identify the shadow and highlight points in the image, limit the highlight and shadow dot percentages, and make dramatic changes to the midtones, while providing real-time feedback via the on-screen image and the Info palette. For color work, or for very detailed tonal corrections on grayscale images, we use the Curves command instead; but there are a couple of things that we can only do in Levels, and for a considerable amount of grayscale work, it's all we need (see Figure 6-13).


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