HOW TO USE THE LEVELS OPTION IN PHOTOSHOP

USE LEVELS OPTION IN PHOTOSHOP


Photos Clicked With A Digital Camera Are Not Always Accurate. If You Have A Little Knowledge Of Photoshop, Then You Can Improve Your Photo, For Example, Increasing Or Decreasing The Brightness Of Some Images, Correcting Their Levels, Etc. In This Way, There Are Many Different Improvements In The Image Which Can Be Done In Your Image. Can Make It Better. In This Post We Will Learn To Use Levels:


Levels And Curves:


If You Want To Improve The Tonal Range Of Your Image, You Can Use Levels And Curves – For Example, By Making Shadow Or Highlight Brighter Or Darker – To Improve Levels And Curves.


Saturation:


If The Colors In An Image Are Muted Or Dull, You Can Increase The Saturation. You Can Also Lower The Saturation To Further Dilute The Colors.


Auto-adjustment Tools:


If You're Not Quite Sure What Kind Of Corrections To Make, Photoshop Comes With A Number Of Auto-adjustment Tools That Can Enhance Your Images.


Using Adjustment Layers 


We'll Use An Adjustment Layer To Correct The Images. Adjustment Layers Are A Type Of Unofficial Editor Because They Don't Actually Change The Original Image.


Levels


Each Image Is A Mix Of Shadows, Highlights, And Midtones. Shadows Are The Darkest Part Of The Image, Highlights Are The Brightest, And Midtones Are The Middle Of Everything. When You Make Level Adjustments, You Can Use The Brightness And Contrast Tools For The Same Kind Of Adjustments As You're Adjusting Individual Tones.


There Are Many Different Reasons To Use Level Adjustment. For Example, If You Have Particular Brightness And Contrast, You'll Want To Make The Midtones And Highlights Brighter While Keeping The Shadows Relatively Dark. You Can See An Example Of This In The Images Below:


HOW TO USE THE LEVELS OPTION IN PHOTOSHOP


HOW TO ADJUST LEVELS


  • In The Layers Panel, Add A Levels Adjustment Layer. 
  • Find The Graph Option In The Middle Of The Properties Panel. This Is Called A Histogram, And It Shows Information About The Shadows, Highlights, And Midtones Of The Image. In This Example, You Can See That There Is A Big Gap On The Right With No Information, Which Means The Image Is Unchanged. We Can Use A Level Adjustment To Fix This. 
  • Note The Input Levels Slider Just Below The Histogram—these Are The Controls You'll Use To Adjust The Levels. Do Not Use The Output Levels Slider Near The Bottom Of The Panel.
  • Since Our Image Is Very Dark (Unchanged), We Will Click And Drag The White Slider To The Left. Notice How We Are Dragging The Slider To The Right Edge Of The Histogram.
  • If The Shadows In The Image Are Too Bright, You Can Click And Drag The Black Slider To The Right. In This Example, We Don't Need To Adjust It Because The Slider Is Already On The Left-hand Side Of The Histogram.
  • Optional: If The Image Still Looks Too Dark Or Too Bright, You Can Click And Drag The (Gray) Slider In The Middle To Adjust The Midtones. In This Example, We'll Move The Slider To The Left To Make The Image Brighter.
  • Optional: Try Turning Adjustment Layers On And Off To Compare The New Levels Of Adjustment With The Original Image. This Will Allow You To See What The Adjustment Layers Are Doing. If Desired, You Can Make Further Adjustments To The Levels.

LEVELS ADJUSTMENT TIPS


  • If You Are Using Multiple Adjustment Layers, You May Need To Adjust The Levels After Making Changes To The Other Adjustment Layers. 
  • If You Want To Compare The Level Adjustment With The Original Image, You Can Turn The Adjustment Layers On And Off. 
  • Typically, You Want To Adjust The Black And White Sliders So That They Fit The Data In The Histogram. For Example, In The Image Below, We Adjusted The White Slider So That It Aligns With The Right Edge Of The Data:  
LEVELS OPTION IN PHOTOSHOP

  • If You Move The White Slider Too Far To The Left, You'll Start To Lose Detail In Your Image. This Is Known As Clipping. In The Image Below, You Can See That The Clouds Have Lost A Lot Of Information, And The Color Of The Sky Has Changed As Well. This Is Due To Clipping:  
LEVELS OPTION IN PHOTOSHOP

  • If You Move The Black Slider Too Far To The Right, You'll Start To See Clipping In The Shadow Of The Image. In This Example, The Bird And The Branches Have Lost Almost All The Details. The Color Of The Sky Has Also Changed To A Deep Blue:  
LEVELS OPTION IN PHOTOSHOP

  • Remember, Because You're Using Adjustment Layers, None Of These Changes Are Permanent Until You Export Your Image. So If You See Any Clipping In Your Image, Don't Worry. You Just Look At Your Adjustment Layers To Find The Clipping Levels, Then Adjust The Levels As Needed. 
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