1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 2, 2014 2:21 PM by Nancy OShea

    Exposure vs. Levels vs. Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layers?

    southwestform Level 1

      I have some photos that are a bit underexposed and I'm trying to brighten them up a bit and I made a Levels adjustment layer and also experimented with the Exposure adjustment layer. Are these essentially doing the same thing OR are there reasons to have a Levels adjustment layer along with an exposure one and a Brightness/Contrast one?


      Thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: Exposure vs. Levels vs. Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layers?
          Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          The Exposure adjustment in Photoshop is primarily meant to correct tonal values of High Dynamic Range images, which are 32 bits. This command makes tonal adjustments using a linear color space or gamma instead of your image’s color space.  You can use it on 8 bit or 16 bit images too, but the adjustments may seem rather drastic.


          When rescuing poorly exposed 8 bit or 16 bit images, I prefer Levels or Curves because you have greater control.  Brightness/Contrast, isn't something I use much.



          Nancy O.