Photoshop Levels tutorial is Here.

Ok, first things first. Lets all get on the same page. Lets check to see if our ICC profiles are set correctly. Go to your Photoshop pulldown menu then to color settings to open up your color settings menu. Here you will see a list of pulldown options.

Working Space
Set this to Adobe RGB (1998) unless you are editing for a specific printer then you will use its color profile. If you do not have the color profile for that printer then use the Adobe RGB 1998. Lets get out of sRGB its nasty.

Color Management Policies
RGB should be set to convert to working space
Gray should be set to working gray.

Conversion Options
Engine Apple Colorsync
Intent Relative Colorimetric

Now we are all on the same page and working in the same color space.

Working In Levels
There are several ways in which you can make Levels corrections. I prefer to work by the numbers. I have more control over color saturation. With that said lets get started.

Open up your image in photoshop. Once you have your image up on screen you will want to make sure you have your layers window open. Go to windows/Layers and click on layers. Now we want to open up our channels window. Go to Windows/Channels and click on Channels

Now that we have our Layers and Channels open its time to start our transformation. Lets go to our layers pulldown menu at the top of our screen. Click layers/New Adjustment Layer/Levels and click on levels. I like to use Adjustment Layers so that I don’t alter the original until I am satisfied with all of my adjustments.

Now you should see a window that says new layer. Name it Levels 1 then click ok to creat your new Levels layer. Now you should see your Levels window. It will contain Channel, Input Levels, and Output Levels. Take a look at the histogram. It looks like vallys and mountains. On each side and in the middle of the histogram you will see upward arrows. We will use these arrows to adjust our levels. We want to adjust each individual Channel. At the top of the window. Go to channel and Click and hold RGB. Drag down to Red. Now you are ready to adjust for your red channel. Look at the Histogram for the Red Channel. Do you see a gap between the black arrow and the point at where your histogram starts? If so you will need to adjust this area.

Mac users hold down your option key click and hold on the black arrow in your histogram. Your image should turn Completely red. Now drag the arrow to where your histogram begins to rise. You should see Black areas in your image start to appear. Now do the same for the white arrow. This time your image will turn Black. Drag the white arrow to where your histogram begins. You will see red spots start to appear in the image. You are done with this channel.

Now do the same for the Green and Blue Channels. Once you are done with the green and Blue Channels click ok. You have now balanced the white point and black points of this image.

If the image looks good, go to your Layers window. You will see an arrow on the top right hand side of that window. Click and pull down to flaten image. This will merge the two layers. Dont flaten the image untill you are completely satisfied with the levels adjustment.

Now you have completed your Levels Adjustments.

I will post Curvs soon so keep watching.

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