Editing in photoshop
Coupled with processing your images in Bridge/ACR, the next step is editing using photoshop. When you have finished processing in bridge click the open image button.
When the image opens in photoshop it does so on a background locked layer. Before doing any editing you must make a duplicate of the background layer. Once you have done this delete the original background layer. As a result, this helps preserve the original image.
Level Adjustment Layer
In the first place, my first task in editing using photoshop is to add a levels adjustment layer.
In this case, the adjustments made by moving the left and right triangles under the histogram. For this reason, move both of the triangles only to where the histogram starts to climb on the graph. By the same token, for accurate measurement hold the option/alt key and move the triangle. In addition, as you start to see something in the image you have gone far enough. Then move the middle triangle to a setting of 1.2, you will notice that the image lightens.
Curves Adjustment Layer
In addition, the curves layer is a graph that defines the image through contrast.
In this case, the histogram shows the brightness of every pixel in the image. Consequently, it’s an indication of the image’s tonal range.
In this case, those pixels on the left are the dark and on the right the light.
In the first place, looking at the chart you have a straight line running from bottom left to top right. For this reason, adjustments made by moving the straight line.
This image demonstrates how the image’s lightened when moving the points like this image.
My preferred way to adjust is by moving the line either up or down. As a matter of fact, normally two places on the line require moving in order to form an S curve. Consequently, moving the curve adjusts contrast in the mid-tones.
Equally important, when dragging the line take care, you want to create a shallow S-curve.
Further Editing using photoshop
Once you have the image adjusted through levels and curves you can then merge the visible layers into one. Now you can perform further editing of the image as required.
Furthermore, if this blog’s raised questions about the process, please feel free to contact Martin.