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Chapter 8. The Digital Darkroom

8. The Digital Darkroom

What would you say if I told you that you could perform color correction, use dodging and burning, build up density in overexposed areas, open up underexposed areas, and more—all with a minimum of image degradation and with an unlimited number of undos? You might just laugh. But in this chapter, you’ll find out how to do all of these things.

The previous chapter introduced the difference between using Levels or Curves in the traditional dialog versus the Adjustments panel. The Adjustments panel is a more streamlined way to use Photoshop adjustment layers. With adjustment layers you can go much further, and with more freedom to experiment, without permanently altering the actual image pixels. You can change your adjustment settings at any time, and you can vary their overall strength by changing the adjustment layer’s opacity. Even better, you can restrict corrections to specific areas by painting on the layer mask that every adjustment layer has. In effect, you have not just unlimited undo, but also selective, partial undo.


  

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