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Chapter 6. Tonal Correction Fundamentals: Stretching and Squeezing the Bits

Chapter 6. Tonal Correction Fundamentals: Stretching and Squeezing the Bits

Tonal manipulation—adjusting the lightness or darkness of your images—is one of Photoshop's most powerful and far-reaching capabilities, and sometimes it can seem like magic. But really, there's nothing magical about it. Once you understand how tonal manipulation is done—it all comes back to those ubiquitous zeros and ones—it starts to look downright pedestrian. But your increased understanding of how Photoshop works (and more important, your ability to spend more time playing around) should more than make up for any loss of the sense of wonder.

Tonal manipulation is the key to setting the right contrast for images. It makes the difference between a flat image that lies lifeless on the page and one that pops, drawing you into it. And tonal correction is the central method for avoiding those dark, muddy images that you're forever seeing produced using Photoshop.


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