72. PSE 12 – Adjust Midtones with Color Cures

Although the name implies a change in color it is really more about affecting the tones.  In the fly out window you will have parametric sliders that affect specific parameters: Adjust Highlights, Midtone Brightness, Midtone Contrast and Adjust Shadows.

  1. Select an image in the Organizer and click the Editor icon at the bottom.  We are in the Expert mode of the Editor’s Workspace.
  2. Create a new layer of your image for the adjustment. Ctrl J, or on the right, in the layers panel, click and drag the background layer up to the icon that looks like a piece of paper and let go.
  3. You can double click on this new layer and rename it from Background copy to Color Curves
  4. This adjustment can only be found by using the menu at the top.  Enhance > Adjust Color >Color Curves
  5. The fly out window gives your image twice at the top so you can see your changes.  There is a Tip in the middle – you need to be connected to the web.  Click on the blue words: Adjust Color Cures” and it will take you to that section of the Help included with this program.
  6. On the left are automated sets listed under “Select a Style:”
  7. In the middle of this lower section are the sliders.  As you move the sliders, it will change the graph to the right.  (The the full version of Photoshop you can click in the graph and make the adjustments by clicking and dragging the lines and anchor points)
  8. The graph is represented by having the black in the lower left corner and the white at the top right.

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