Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know

Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know

Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques: 04 The amazing S-curve

Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques: 04 The amazing S-curve

Made by dragging one point upwards in the highlights and a second down in the shadows (and sometimes with a third to anchor the midtones) the S-shaped curve is a classic tonal tweak for boosting contrast and colour saturation.

The more pronounced the S-shape, the more the image will pop.

If you want to leave colour saturation unchanged, change the Blend Mode of the Curves Adjustment layer to Luminosity.

PAGE 1: Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques – 01 Curves Adjustment Layer
PAGE 2: Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques – 02 The Curve line
PAGE 3: Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques – 03 Set white and black points
PAGE 4: Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques – 04 The amazing S-curve
PAGE 5: Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques – 05 Making selective adjustments
PAGE 6: Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques – 06 Tweaking colour channels
PAGE 7: Inside the Photoshop Curves interface

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