For someone who is always just trying to learn how to use the Photoshop, I am always looking for online tutorials. Since I consider this site as my own personal [online] notebook, I post about things I think I would want to come back to when I have forgotten or at any time I need it. For easy reference, so to speak. A faster alternative to googling.

I have yet to review my photos from last night and decide which ones I want to post and which ones are better left for myself (haha) and I thought about finally doing the “Levels vs Curves” thing. I found this interesting tutorial and I’m posting it here primarily for myself and secondarily for others who would find this useful for whatever purposes they have.

Levels and Curves sounds awfully complicated…can I do it?

If you are shooting digitally, with a digital SLR in particular, these are two of the tools that you should be finding yourself using a lot, levels and curves, especially if you shoot RAW.

Digital SLR’s, as I have mentioned elsewhere, produce a flatter image than your original film SLR or digital point and shoot. With film, these kinds of corrections were done for you at the processing lab and because “point and shoot” cameras are aimed at the mainstream market (who want nothing to do with the processing), they produce instant, bright and bold images straight from the camera.

By manipulating the levels and curves of an image, you can quickly and easily replace the brightness and colour to your images with great effect. Let me illustrate this for you.

Proceed with the tutorial…

I also found another helpful site:

Photoshop Levels versus Curves: Which Should You Use?

I’ve written previously about both Curves and Levels in Photoshop, and readers that are familiar with both are no doubt aware that there is a reasonable degree of overlap between them in terms of capabilities. Since both can adjust white point and black point as well as overall brightness, which should you use?

Read more here..

Hope this helps anyone who is interested! 🙂