The Levels command, and its cohort, the Histogram, let you adjust luminance levels on a channel-by-channel basis. The upshot is that you can increase contrast, correct for color cast, and make a bad image good.
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The Color Settings command is your way of establishing reliable color management policies across the entire Creative Suite. While admittedly techie, it ensures that what you see is what everyone else sees, too.
Changing opacity is like mixing a cocktail with, say, 30% active layer and 70% all layers below. Assigning a blend mode is like shining a light or casting a shadow: The active layer infuses those behind it with life. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke shows how to mix and blend layer opacities for best results.
Camera Raw is an independent application that lets you develop your raw photographs and exploit every byte of the vast information captured by your digital SLR camera. Not just powerful, it is a force unto itself. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke shows us how to tap into its many features.
Want to let the world know who made your photo? Then use File Info. Here you can assign a title, an author, a copyright, and a Web site. No image should go out without a visit to File Info.
Gaussian Blur is a filter that blurs an image. But it’s also the math behind the Feather command, drop shadows, and everything that is soft in Photoshop. In this week’s video, Deke explains just why Gaussian Blur is so important.
Much can be said of masking: Masking is the art of using the image to select itself. Masking lets you apply the entire weight of Photoshop to the task of editing a selection. And masking, thy name is alpha channel. Watch Deke’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode #15 to see the steps to using alpha channels to your benefit.
An adjustment layer is an independent layer of color adjustment that you can edit any time you like. It affects all layers below it, consumes very little space in memory, and affords the opportunity for selective edits. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode, Deke takes us through using one of Photoshop’s oldest and best non-destructive image-editing tools.