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Using Parametric Curves in ACR 6 to Improve Contrast

ParametricCurves_cover When you need to improve the contrast in your raw photos, Parametric Curves are a great way to simplify the thought process and task of making a Curves adjustment. Instead of guessing or arbitrarily placing your points along an abstract line, you use special Histogram widgets to define which tones constitute “highlights”, “middle tones”, and “shadows”. From there making your correction is just a matter of moving a few sliders!

 

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Adobe Digital Imaging How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques for Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, and Camera Raw 6

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About Dan Moughamian (37 Articles)
Dan Moughamian is an experienced photographer and educator, and has worked with Adobe Photoshop since the early 1990s. He also has extensive experience with Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, plugins from Nik software, and many other digital imaging products. As an educator, Dan's focus is to help photographers at all levels get the most from their digital workflows.

5 Comments on Using Parametric Curves in ACR 6 to Improve Contrast

  1. MY APOLOGIES, folks! The video visibility error is my mistake, not Mr. Squirrel’s! 🙂 I had overlooked a Vimeo setting but it’s fixed now. – Dan

  2. This is one of the best Photoshop/ACR tutorials I have seen. 100% great information provided with just the right tone. Thanks

  3. Thanks very much, Richard. Glad you found it so helpful.
    That’s why I do what I do. Cheers!

  4. Wow! You are real photo expert!!!

  5. Sorry I missed your comment petshop but thanks for the compliment. The photo and changes here are pretty straightforward but hopefully people find it helpful. There’s always more to learn. 😉

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