Apply a strong curve without losing detail

Before After

Many images benefit from adding an s-curve to the image with a curves tool, adding contrast throughout the image in a very natural and photographic way. Images that have objects that are already close to black or white however can lose detail after contrast is added. This lesson shows how control points can be used to bring lost details back in an image that hand an s-curve applied with the Levels and Curves tool.


First, the Levels and Curves tool was used to add a strong s-curve to the image, adding contrast throughout the image with a natural and photographic effect.

Then, a control point was added to the blouse and the Shadow Adjustments slider increased to bring details back into the blouse.


Image by Tony Corbell

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