How ''bout them curves?

When you adjust the tonal range of an image using Levels, you make only three adjustments: shadows, midtones (gamma), and highlights. The Curves adjustment allows for up to 14 different points of adjustment throughout the tonal range.

I do mention this more than a few times in this book, but I like to adjust Curves instead of Brightness/ Contrast to increase contrast in my images. Works great, not destructive of data — what's not to like?

To adjust an image's tonality using the Curves adjustment layer, follow these steps:

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