Using Levels to set highlights, shadows, and midtones

You can set the highlights and shadows in an image by moving Input sliders to the first group of pixels on both ends of the Levels histogram. This maps these pixels—the darkest and lightest pixels in each channel—to black and white, increasing the tonal range of the image. The corresponding pixels in the other channels are adjusted proportionately to avoid altering the color balance. You can use the middle Input slider to change the intensity values of the middle range of gray tones without dramatically altering the highlights and shadows.

Although the Levels sliders are not as exact as assigning target values or using the Curves dialog box, they often yield good results.

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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