Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know

Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know

Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques: 05 Making selective adjustments

Essential Photoshop Curves Techniques: 05 Making selective adjustments

Make selective tonal changes to different areas of your image by painting Layer Masks to hide or reveal the Curves effect.

For example, portraits often benefit from a boost in the irises.

To achieve this, add a Curves Adjustment Layer and plot an S-shaped curve, then hit Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert the Curves layer’s mask to black.

Then grab the Brush tool, set colour to white, and paint over the iris to reveal the adjustment.

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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