Photoshop Tutorial- Part 2 – White Point and More Levels!

Hey Pictagers!  I’m back again!  For those of you that didn’t get a chance to read my last post, Part 1 of this tutorial, we have been talking about levels, what they mean and how to use them. One thing I realized after writing Part 1 is that even though I talked about the white point of an image, I didn’t quite explain what it is, how to find it, and how it helps you regulate the levels of an image.

The simple definition is that the white point of an image is what is recognized as it’s brightest point.  Sometimes that’s your subject, but sometimes it is something else like the sky, a bright window or a light fixture.  With a well exposed image this won’t make of a difference, especially if you’re using flash…but if you aren’t using a flash or you have a misfire the white point can end up nowhere …

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Photoshop Tutorial – Part 1 – Levels

Hey Pictagers!  My name is Tim Edwards and I’m the Pre QA Supervisor here at Pictage which is just a fancy name for Retouching Supervisor.  As part of our new revamped blog, I’ll be taking you through some lessons on the basics of Photoshop.

For many of you with Photoshop experience, some of these lessons will be nothing new.  But for those of you who aren’t Photoshop wizards yet, I’ll be guiding you through some tips and tricks to help you get the most from your photography.

This week let’s talk about LEVELS.

Levels adjustment is the foundation of all image enhancements.  It can’t make your bad images great (ie: blown out or badly underexposed shots)  but it can definitely make your good images better.  Let’s start with this shot I took on my last trip to Chicago.  It’s not the most scenic shot in the world, but it is a good example …

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