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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques by Dan Ablan, Ben Willmore

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The Power of Curves

Curves can be used for just about anything; in fact, it’s probably the one adjustment tool you should use all the time. By mastering the Curves dialog, you’ll have more control over your images than you thought possible. We’re not talking about a simple bell curve here, but rather a robust adjustment system that can make ordinary images look extraordinary.

Let’s consider some of the things you can do with the Curves dialog:

  • Use the Sharpening filters to pull out far more detail than you can see (Figures 3.50 to 3.52).

    Figure 3.50. An ordinary image can be improved with the help of Curves. (©2008 Dan Ablan.)
    Figure 3.51. Making an image sharper with Curves.
    Figure 3.52. Curves ...

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