Photoshop CC Working with Curves

The curves adjustment in Photoshop is the most detailed way to adjust color values of an image. In this course, you'll gain an understanding of color theory, and how it applies to image manipulation, automation, and color correction in Photoshop. Software required: Photoshop CC.
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Intermediate
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Mar 2, 2017
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Course info
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(16)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 2, 2017
Duration
2h 0m
Description

Have you ever wondered how to use the curves adjustment in Photoshop? In this course, Photoshop CC Working with Curves, you'll take an in-depth look at how a software program like Photoshop understands color. This foundation will help you gain a better understanding of how to manipulate color values in images using curves. You'll also use curve presets and actions to batch process a set of poorly-lit product images. Finally, you'll put all of your curves knowledge to the test in order to channel mask and composite a basic product image. At the end of this course, curves will no longer seem like a perplexing, abstract color adjusting tool, but rather, you're best friend when it comes to image manipulation and adjustments. Software required: Photoshop CC.

About the author
About the author

Megan Young is lead user interface designer and front-end developer for AspDotNetStorefront in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. Megan has worked in the design industry for over 15 years and has spent the last 6 years specializing in e-commerce and front-end development.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Megan Young, and welcome to my course, Photoshop CC Working with Curves. I am a web designer and front-end developer at AspDotNetStorefront. Have you ever tried to manipulate or color-correct an image in Photoshop and wondered if there was a tool that could pretty much do it all with highly-detailed accuracy? In this course we're going to learn about how make adjustments using the Curves palette in Photoshop. Some of the major topics that we will cover include a basic understanding of color theory and different color models, an in-depth overview of the curves Adjustment palette, and how to batch process and automate adjustments using curves. Finally, we'll use curves to create a pixel-perfect channel mask for compositing. By the end of this course, you'll know all about how to manipulate image color values using curves. Before beginning this course, you should be somewhat familiar with Photoshop. From here, you should feel comfortable diving into Photoshop courses on masking and compositing. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn all about curves with the Photoshop CC Working with Curves course at Pluralsight.

Exploring the Histogram Palette and Understanding Color Models
Hello, I'm Megan Young, and welcome to Photoshop Creative Cloud Working with Curves. In this first module we'll go over some important concepts when it comes to working with images in post processing in Photoshop. First, we'll learn about differences in color models, such as RGB and CMYK. We'll also take a look at the Histogram palette in Photoshop, which will help us interpret color in a digital space. We'll discuss the importance of concept and context when it comes to color, and the difference between high-key, low-key, and average-key images. By the end of this first module, you'll have a better understanding of best practices when it comes to choosing the right images to start with when post processing, and how to visualize color values in digital form. So, let's get started.

Black, White and RGB; Understanding Binary Interpretation of Color
Black, White, and RGB - Understanding the Binary Interpretation of Color. In this module I will introduce the Curves palette in Photoshop. We'll debug the Curves palette with a simple visualization of how color is interpreted and manipulated using the Curves palette. Last we'll ask, why curves? Why not levels or some other tools in Photoshop? We'll compare and contrast why curves are so powerful. Now that we have a better understanding of color models and the histogram in Photoshop, let's take our first foray into the world of curves. First, one thing to keep in mind is that Photoshop, at its core, is a software program, so software needs a way to interpret color values in a numeric way. That's why we'll be manipulating color in numeric values, and not ink percentages. RGB values are just an array of numbers that the program uses to generate the color value for each pixel in the image. The histogram is our graph of all the color values for every pixel in the image. In the Curves palette we are able to manipulate the histogram. We can manipulate the histogram of an entire image, single layer, or group of layers in high detail, and the curve allows for a gentle transition between the color values that we need to manipulate. Next, let's break down the Curves palette a little bit more.