Adjustment Layers: a stupidly simple way to rescue dull portraits

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 25/08/2013 00:01am

    The 16 adjustment layers in Photoshop CS6

    ■ Brightness/Contrast
Use for simple tonal control.

    ■ Levels
Drag the sliders to control the brightness of shadows, midtones and highlights.

    ■ Curves
Drag the curve line up to lighten, down to darken.

    ■ Exposure
    Use sliders to adjust Gamma, Exposure and Offset.

    ■ Vibrance
    Lets you alter the saturation of the less intense colours.

    ■ Hue/Saturation
Adjust the hue and colour intensity of the image.

    ■ Color Balance
    Shift colours with three sliders.

    ■ Black and White
    Convert to mono and control the brightness.

    ■ Photo Filter
    Replicate the look of lens-mounted filters.

    ■ Channel Mixer
    Check the monochrome box to convert to black and white then brighten or darken each colour channel.

    ■ Color Lookup
    Add different effects based on treatments used for video.

    ■ Invert
    Make a negative image.

    ■ Posterize
    Break an image down into a set number of tonal levels.

    ■ Threshold
    Set a point on the tonal range, either side of which pixels are black or white.

    ■ Gradient Map
    Maps different shades into the tonal range of your shot.


    THE 16 adjustment layers in CS6: hand icon

    Hand icon
    Several Adjustment Layers have a useful little hand icon (usually at the top-left of the settings). Toggling this icon enables you to drag over your image to target and adjust different tones and colours interactively. The likes of Curves, Black and White, Hue/Saturation give you this option.

    PAGE 1: How to use adjustment layers to lift portraits
    PAGE 2: The 16 adjustment layers in Photoshop CS6


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    Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials.

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