Mastering Curves In Photoshop 2022

Learning Photoshop's most powerful color and tone tool.

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Curves are one of the most powerful features in Photoshop. They allow you to target the exact tones of your images and change them with precision in a way no other tool can. Curves also offer unparalleled control over every aspect of color in your images.

This is why pros spend a lot of time in curves and use them as go-to tools for retouching, photography and design. The challenge is curves appear difficult to figure out and a lot of the advanced functionality is shrouded in secrecy.

The purpose of this course it to help you understand exactly how curves work, and unlock the secret workflows and techniques. You will use the power of curves to give your images that professional, polished look that can only be achieved through this powerful and wildly creative tool.

Colin Smith is one of the world’s leading Photoshop experts (he does training for Adobe, Apple and Disney) and has used Photoshop professionally for almost 30 years. He uses curves daily, and will impart this knowledge to you quickly, without fluff. He has a special gift to break down complex tasks into fun and easy to understand methods, in plain English. You could be mistaken for thinking curves are easy, because that’s how you will feel by the end of this course.

This course will help you to finally “get” curves and be using them natively as part of your workflow. You will approach your images differently, with the confidence to make the tones and colors look exactly like you dreamt of. You will understand curves and learn lots of hidden tricks and techniques, you didn’t even know existed.

This is a course Colin has been wanting to create for a long time, and he is proud to now get this training into your hands, so you can take the next step in your Photoshop journey. By the way, Curves aren’t unique to Photoshop. A lot of what you learn here will transfer over to many other software packages.

You owe it to yourself, your clients, and images to finally master Curves in Photoshop


What to expect from this course.

Understanding Curves Pt1
How Curves work, understanding what curves do and how they do it.

Understanding Curves Pt2
Interactively demonstrating how curves allow you to target different image tones

Curves Settings
All the different settings and preferences in the Curves dialog box. A crash course on Color science is included in this lesson.

Brighten Dark Images
Use double curves to brighten up dark areas in an image while protecting the highlights.

Dodge and Burn
How to even out the lighting in an image by selectively dodging and burning with curves. Adding sunlight and warmth.

Curves in ACR
Adobe Camera Raw has powerful point and parametric curves. How to use them and use the onscreen HUD controls.

Use Eyedroppers
A powerful way to automatically set the contrast and remove color-casts from images.

Fix Color Cast
How to remove a color cast from an image quickly

Fix Color Contamination
Sometimes you get cross-lighting, or color contamination from additional light sources. How to remove the contamination and even out the lighting.

Copy Exact Colors
Perfect colors by the numbers. Change the color of an object to perfectly match another object.

Color Grade
How to add a high-end color grade to give your image a cinematic, or fashion look.

LAB Color
Make separate adjustments to Luminosity and color. This allows you to push the color and texture without the image looking fake or processed.

How to create duotone and tritone images as an effect or for print. Learn about channels and color libraries.

Auto Settings
How to use Auto settings and what each of the 4 different algorithms do, so you can choose the correct one.

Using Presets
How to create, save and load curves presets. (3 bonus presets included with the downloads).

How to get more information and continue your learning journey

All instructors images included so you can follow along.

3 bonus Curves Presets included

PDF Table of Contents and Session notes included

Your Instructor

Colin Smith
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is a Los Angeles based digital artist, photographer and trainer. He is founder of one of the worlds most popular websites for creators, Which has received over 40 million visitors. As an Award winning digital artist, Colin has 3 guru awards under his belt. His work has been featured in most of the industry magazines as well as Time Magazine and the New York Times. His client list includes, Toyo Tires, Microsoft, Saatchi and Saatchi and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, David Lee Roth.

As a leading trainer, Colin has written 20 books, and too many video courses to count. His training clients include Adobe, Apple and Edison International. He is a regular speaker at major conferences, including Adobe Max, PPE, WPPI, Photoshop World, Creative Pro and Imaging USA. He runs a popular youtube channel (photoshopCAFE) with over 200,000 subscribers.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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