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The Curve tab (Ctrl+Alt+4, ^+Option+4 on a Mac) provides an excellent addition for fine-tuning the distribution of tonality throughout an image. (I often use the Curve control to add a little extra contrast.)

The Curve chart resembles a histogram: The left of the chart represents the tonal distribution in the shadow areas of the image; the right of the chart represents the highlights areas. (See Figure 9-27.)

To adjust your images using the Curve control:

1. Select a Tone Curve setting.

I usually start out either selecting the Medium Contrast or the Strong Contrast setting, depending on how much contrast I want to add to an image. If I want to reduce contrast, I'll choose the Linear setting, which is a straight line in the curve that doesn't change the tonality of the image.

2. Fine-tune the curve.

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For fine-tuning the curve, either you can drag the existing curve points or add curve points on the curve by using the Ctrl+Click technique (^+Click a Mac). To fine-tune your adjustments, you can just drag a selected curve point. You can also move a curve point by clicking it and then clicking the up, down, right, or left arrow keys on the keyboard.

If you really want to get precise, you can enter numeric numbers for the selected curve points in the Input or Output fields.

Getting used to fine-tuning the tonal adjustments in the Curve tab can take a while. If you want to make some quick curve adjustments right away, you'll find that the Tone Curve pre-selected settings should do the trick for most of your photos. Experiment with the Curve tab before messing around with the curve too much. You'll find that subtle adjustments will give you the best results.

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