6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2018 9:44 PM by mglush

    Moving a point on a curve left or right?

    media kat Level 1

      When you place points along the curve and raise them it is making those points brighter, and if you lower the points it is making them darker. What is happening if you move a point to the left or the right? If I place a point at the mid point on the curve and go left or right with it, what is it technically doing to the tones of the curve and the image?

        • 1. Re: Moving a point on a curve left or right?
          D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Well, you can see how the curve looks, right? Also read input>output values for each point.

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          • 2. Re: Moving a point on a curve left or right?
            ricardogsouza Level 1

            Up and down you'll change de output value of that point.
            Left and right ll'be the input value.

             

            basicly, when your move up and down you change the the lighten and darkens of that point.
            Left and right you'll increase the contrast.

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            • 3. Re: Moving a point on a curve left or right?
              D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              It's simpler than that: a steeper curve increases contrast. A shallower curve reduces contrast.

               

              If the endpoints remain fixed, that means more contrast in parts of the tonal range, and less in others. A standard S-curve increases midtone contrast, but reduces shadow and highlight contrast.

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              • 4. Re: Moving a point on a curve left or right?
                media kat Level 1

                I understand that going up and down is brightening or darkening the point when in the RGB channel, and adding/removing color when in the individual channels, but what does it mean to add contrast? By pulling up or down on different points on the RGB curve, isn't that adding/removing contrast? Isn't that what the S-Curve is? I'm confused by moving a point left/right.

                 

                Thanks for your patience.

                • 5. Re: Moving a point on a curve left or right?
                  Theresa J Adobe Community Professional

                  Moving a point on the curve above, or to the left of the diagonal starting point will lighten the image. Moving it the right or below will darken it.

                  An S curve is drawn when you move the lighter tones (top of curve) to the left and the darker tones (bottom of curve) to the right. So the lighter tones become brighter and the darker tones get darker. That creates contrast.

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                  • 6. Re: Moving a point on a curve left or right?
                    mglush Adobe Community Professional

                    Hi!

                     

                    It's not just abut going up or down. By adding a point and moving the line in any direction you are shifting values. Shifting a point to the left will make the curve steeper and increases the highlights (see below)

                     

                    This is Max at a Normal setting with no Curves adjustment

                    Screen Shot 2018-03-29 at 9.23.44 PM.png

                     

                    This one I have moved the point to the left and made the curve steeper. By doing this my white point and black point stay the same but where the curve changes it pushes the values so the mid tones are brighter.

                     

                    Screen Shot 2018-03-29 at 9.24.01 PM.png

                     

                    By moving the point to the right the curve is flatter and it pushes the mid tones darker.

                     

                    Screen Shot 2018-03-29 at 9.24.24 PM.png

                     

                    When you have a very flat image -- the pixel values will be centered in the dialog box-- and there is no information in the blacks or whites part of the histogram that you see behind the line -- everything is sort of gray and muted. See below

                     

                    Screen Shot 2018-03-29 at 9.34.41 PM.png

                     

                    That is when you want to add contrast and use an S-curve. An S-curve deepens the shadows and brightens the highlights. See below

                     

                    Screen Shot 2018-03-29 at 9.35.07 PM.png

                     

                    Changing the Curve isn't necessarily for changing the color. It's about changing the value -- the brightness and darkness of a pixel. Colors do shift when changing the lightness and darkness values but that is a side effect.

                     

                    I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any questions!

                     

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                    Michelle

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