PHOTOSHOP LEVELS AND CURVES WHICH IS BETTER
PHOTOSHOP LEVELS AND CURVES WHICH IS BETTER
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- LEVELS AND CURVES
- Photoshop for Photographers
- Photoshop Requirements and Hard Drives
- Minimum Requirements
- Insufficient Requirements
LEVELS AND CURVES
Learn Photoshop Levels and Curves. Welcome to my “Photoshop for Photographers“ series on Adobe Photoshop CC. Photoshop Levels and Curves are the two main ways to adjust the highlights, mid tones, shadows and contrast of an image. There are other adjustments like brightness, contrast, but we are going to look at Photoshop Levels and Curves because they are superior. The trick with Adobe Photoshop is there are usually multiple ways to do the same thing. Levels are a little easier to use in the beginning, but curves are king of the hill. I would suggest to any new user to pick one and stick with it. There is no real reason to learn them all. If you thought Photoshop levels and curves are just for luminance you would be wrong. You can use the channels red, green, and blue to adjust color. One popular method is split toning.
Photoshop for Photographers
“Photoshop for Photographers“ was designed as a supplemental resource for my class, “Photoshop for Photographers.” The goal is to teach you how to use Adobe Photoshop step by step. I understand this path is not for everyone and there is no reason you have to follow this process. However, if you want to really learn the program, I would suggest learning everything on the video and then move on. If you are interested in learning Advanced Photoshop techniques, I am constantly adding new and updating videos. My last word of advice is to come up with a workflow and keep organized. If you blow this off in the beginning you will regret it in the long run.
What is the difference between Adobe Photoshop’s Levels and Curves? Which one should I use?
My suggestions would be to learn how to use Curves over Levels.JOHN WHITEHEAD IMAGES
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This “Photoshop for Photographers” will focus on how to use Photoshop levels and curves adjustment layers and what is the difference.
Photoshop Requirements and Hard Drives
Working in Adobe Photoshop and with photography is more than just installing software and saving images to your computer. Computers these days are using solid State Drives SSD, which are fast, but do not have a large storage capacity. If you start downloading a bunch of photographs to your computer, it will not take long until you get a “Scratch Disk Full” error. This means your internal hard drive is full. Just to run a computer and Adobe Photoshop you need a sufficient amount of free space. Image previews are usually stored in a computer’s cache. This a temporary storage so it can quickly retrieve previews without recreating them every time you look at them. I cover this in the my Photoshop Preferences Tutorial. Personally, I store all caches on an external hard drive. At this moment I have 4 different hard drives hooked up to my computer. Two SSD’s and two enterprise optical drives, each performing a different task. All these drives are backed up via BackBlaze.
Another important aspect of running any of Adobe’s products are them requirements. Adobe lists the minimum requirements to run each of their programs, but you never want to be using the minimums, or the speed will drive you nuts. You need to realize that that your computer and every other application you run have requirements. So if you have Photoshop’s min of RAM 4GB, that will not allow any for your computer to run or a browser like Chrome. Below I will have two lists. One is some reasonable minimum requirements to run Adobe Software and what I am running. The second is a list of issues you will run into with insufficient hard drive space, and low minimum requirements. Just about every online student that I teach run into these issues. I hope this helps.
- RAM 8-16 GB (I use 64GB)
- Internal SSD Hard Drive Space, 512 GB I have 1TB
- External Hard Drive 1TB, but more is better
- Processor Intel or equivalent i5 quad core processor or apple M1 or M2 (I use Intel i7 8core)
- A non integrated Graphics Card (AMD Radeon Pro 5700 8 GB)
- Scratch Disk Full
- Slow Computer
- Artificial Intelligence takes forever
- You can only open one program at at time
- Photoshop constantly crashes
- Learning Photoshop is frustrating because of the above issues
I have a Facebook Group called, “Learn Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge.” I created this group because I get a lot of questions on YouTube that are hard to answer unless I can see the issue. This will allow a place you can ask questions, and more importantly post images and videos.
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