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    Default Photoshop Curves Vs Levels

    Hi Guys,

    What's the difference between Levels and Curves? You can
    both use them to brighten / darken you images. When to use
    curves and when do yah use Levels?

    Also, What do you guys prefer to use?

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    Default Re: Photoshop Curves Vs Levels

    curves allows more precise adjustments to the pic. levels is simpler but not as precise. up to u to play around n see what u prefer to use. i use curves when i want to be more precise and levels when i cannot be bothered. lol.

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    Default Re: Photoshop Curves Vs Levels

    curves allows more PRECISE adjustments

    levels is a more general kind of thing; if you need a BLUNT tool, use levels
    if you need a SHARP, PRECISE tool, use curves

    i usually only use curves

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    Default Re: Photoshop Curves Vs Levels

    Levels give you an easier view of histogram. If you just want to adjust white point and black point, levels would be easier. This is usually sufficient for most photos, alone with mid point adjustment. Curves give you more finer control over the whole range by letting you define individually the way sub regions of the tonal curve behave.

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    Default Re: Photoshop Curves Vs Levels

    there are more ways to do it then just curves and levels

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    bascially, level give you 3 positions to work--black, mid-tone and white. Curves give you virtually unlimited positions.

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    Default Re: Photoshop Curves Vs Levels

    Quote Originally Posted by rajman View Post
    Hi Guys,

    What's the difference between Levels and Curves? You can
    both use them to brighten / darken you images. When to use
    curves and when do yah use Levels?

    Also, What do you guys prefer to use?
    Some would reccomend using them together...

    First use the levels to set the brightest point and the darkest point, this will give a more balanced picture in terms of contrast and brightness.

    Next use the curves to adjust more accurately on the specific tonal areas which you need more boost or to drop...
    Michael Lim
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    Default Re: Photoshop Curves Vs Levels

    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    curves allows more PRECISE adjustments

    levels is a more general kind of thing; if you need a BLUNT tool, use levels
    if you need a SHARP, PRECISE tool, use curves

    i usually only use curves
    i get the impression that levels easier to cause clipping. how about curves? or is it because of the precision?

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    Default Re: Photoshop Curves Vs Levels

    Quote Originally Posted by boyboy View Post
    i get the impression that levels easier to cause clipping. how about curves? or is it because of the precision?
    Level does not easily cause clipping, neither curve does that. You are in control how much contrast and brightness to be added.

    Books by Dan Margulis have alot of examples in using curve for color and contrast correction. I recommend reading :

    1) Professional Photoshop Fifth Edition: The Classic Guide to Color Correction
    2) Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace

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