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3.1 Tone Adjustment With Levels

Get to grips with Photoshop levels in this lesson. You'll learn that the first step in correcting any photograph is getting the highlights, mid tones, and shadows correct. We will use Photoshop’s level adjustments to make this happen.

3.1 Tone Adjustment With Levels

Hi there, in this video, we're gonna look at something called levels. Basically, they get the shadows, and the highlights, and the midtones all to look really nice, okay? Let's take this image here, okay, it looks great. But then we add levels, and, looks more amazing. Right, it's the foundation. It's the thing that I do most in Photoshop when opening up a new photograph. Let's go learn how to do that now in Photoshop. All right, so first up, let's go to File and go to open and then your source files open up. O4a, okay this one here. It is a photograph by Erol Ahmed, okay? And let's click Open. All right, so let's look at opening the levels. Now there's a couple of ways of opening it in Photoshop. And if you've done Photoshop a long time ago, you might have used this method here. Let's not use these, these here are very destructive. So we're going to use the non destructive methods, okay, which is basically there's adjustments panel here. If you can't find it, let's go to window, and let's open up adjustments, and you're going to hover above them after while you work out what these little icons do. But can you see here, I've hovered above it with my mouse and you can see. Oop, there is where levels is written. Okay, so now click on this one here. This is definitely for me as a amateur photographer but professional designer, I use this one the most when I'm fixing up my images, cuz I need a lot of work with my imagery. Now this complicated looking thing opens up it's called the histogram. And it's not complicated. Well, it's not very hard to use with, which is nice. And basically what we're looking at is information from images. This is all the see this little dark house here and the White House. This is everything that is really dark in the shadows and this is everything that's really bright light lights. Okay, you can see here, it's missing a little bit of information there and a little bit there. Now what you do with labels is you basically just drag this black slide up on to the first little mountain here. Okay so click hold and drag up and you'll notice here my image, if I click, hold and drag. As I drag it, can I get closer to this kind of peek here the blacks become a lot stronger. If I go too far past this like first Ryan's watch this, I started so that's kind of like getting kind of weird. Okay, so there is not a perfect adjustment, but you just drag it here basically the beginning of the first Hill, okay? The same on the other side. So there are whites in here, but they're not super strong to make them nice and strong. All we do is grab this white little kind of house thing here, drag it to the left. And do I want to drag all the way in here? No because it start over exposing some of these whites and they start blurring together. So it's kind of the beginning of the first little hill. There it is them. Okay, so often distracting those two in taking the two ends and we'll get you your strong whites and your strong blacks. Now the middle slide here the gray sliders all you mid tones. Now this will depend on the image basically every image that open up I often tech names, okay, and they both come in. Now where does this middle slide ago depends on the image. If I drag it all the way to the right, can sit down all the way the left it lines it up and this will really depend on your image and what look you're looking for. Okay, so I'm just dragging my back and forth and I'm looking at my image, not my slider over here. Okay, looking at the image and just finding where I feel it's nice. Now I didn't need to move it much at all. And that is correcting an image kind of one on one. I do this, the first thing I do before I do anything else in Photoshop is just get the levels right. Now to check whether you made this thing better or worse than when you opened it. You can see here this is coordinate adjustment layer. So these levels, you can see it's appeared in my Layers panel. The cool thing about that is that I can turn it on and off. Okay, like we did earlier on when we did our automatic features, and you can turn this on and off. Okay, so turn the layer off, I can see the background underneath. And that's what it sounded like and I look fine when we open it. So until we do the levels that you like, okay, man, there was a bit more in that image I could have got okay, so yeah that is Labels. What I'd like you to do now is save this image, okay? It's gonna ask you to call it a PSD, and that is great, a Photoshop Document. And I'd like you to open up the second example, okay? And I'd like you to practice on your own. So it's 04B, okay? And open up this one here and practice the same thing. Create adjustments layer, okay and the levels and see how you go attacking the two ends and then decide where that middle slider goes. And this will be a cool time to share what you've done and kinda what your end result would be. So check us out on social media, and that's at tuts plus design. Daniel loves Adobe. And on Instagram, I am bring your own laptop. So take a screenshot, save a JPG, I'd love to see what your end result with that second example is. All right, so let's get on to the next video, where we look at vibrance. Okay, getting and extracting amazing color from your images. All right, let's go and do that now.

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