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Naked Curves?

Discussion in 'Digital Image Editing & Printing' started by Chris Cool, Dec 19, 2001.

  1. Chris Cool

    Chris Cool Retired

    Good! Got your attention I'll bet :)

    Found this superb tutorial on ‘Curves’ by Steve Nelson.
    I’ll let him introduce it…

    “I'm going to start this essay with a provocative statement: Anyone who is, or wants to be doing image editing at a professional level needs to be as comfortable with Curves as they are with breathing. Is that bold enough? Do I have your attention now? If I were forced to give up all but one image adjustment tool, the one I would keep would be Curves. Think of Curves as your one-stop-shopping source for improving images the way the pros do.
    Let's clear up some misconceptions right away:
    1. Curves are not a filter
    2. Curves are not hard to understand
    3. Mastering Curves will make you dramatically more productive
    4. Curves will not make you more attractive to the opposite sex “

    Shame about the last statement, but I don’t have a problem anyway :)

    OK. When you have some time to spare, go take a look.



    Chris( I’m a curvey kind of guy :)
  2. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Well done that man Chris! Excellent tutorial and essential reading for any digital darkroom worker. I will probably never get to grips with the bleedin' thing but it is well worth trying.
  3. Chris Cool

    Chris Cool Retired

    I think you will...

    It took me sometime to grasp the full potential of it, but once you've seen what it can do for your images, you'll never live without it!

  4. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Well done Chris, had a quick look and bookmarked it as essential reading.

  5. evanmichaels

    evanmichaels Well-Known Member

    curves eh?

    nice one! always messed with them but never was clear what exactly they're doing!

  6. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Is this a record?
  8. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Good job spam has such a long shelf life.
  9. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    I find 'em pretty easy to use although I prefer the functionality of the Curvemeister plug in to Photoshops own.
  10. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I use curves in almost every image since I got the first version of Photoshop. but that was working on scans to begin with.
  11. Justin Case

    Justin Case New Member

    For some reasons I never use curve, it is a tool hat I don'find very precise. Maybe is only me
  12. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    If you get the results you want using your preferred methods then that's what really matters. Photoshop and similar editors tend to have multiple ways of getting to the same end point, it's largely a matter of preference and practice.

    I uses curves a lot and usually a lot of curves per image as I find the ability to create multiple points on the curve and adjust them individually is very useful. This is in Photoshop proper rather than the one in Camera Raw which is more limited with regard to control - at least it is on my version

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