Some of the most important tools in Photoshop are still not being fully taken advantage of by many photographers. Are you still shying away from using this most popular and powerful tool?
Educator and Photographer Jim Welninski is back once again with another insightful video on what the curves tool actually does and why it's so important to the editing process. While the curves tool may not be the sexiest topic out there, you'll find very few professional photo editors who don't swear by it and use it daily.
Welninski goes into great detail on how to use this tool and explains what many of the buttons and settings actually do. Even though I have used this tool for many years, there were still some features mentioned in the video that I had no idea existed. Dragging points away from the curves window to delete them and being able to toggle between previous states of curve adjustments were just two tricks mentioned that I have added to my editing arsenal.
The video goes on to explain how to adjust individual color channels when it comes to grading the tone of photographs and for just this section alone, it's well worth a watch. Even though this video shows the curves tool in action in Adobe's Photoshop, the universal concepts mentioned in the video can be easily transferred to whatever editing program you use. It's no coincidence that all the big photo editors include the curves tool in their programs. It really is one of the most important tools a photographer can get to grips with.
Are you a fan of the curves tool or do you shy away from using it? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.