RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Retouching
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Photo Retouching "Improving" photos, post-production, correction, etc.

Looking for Curves teaches

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 09-14-2011, 09:53 PM
adtechniques adtechniques is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 105
Looking for Curves teaches

Is there anything out there that teaches one just about curves? Not something that just touches base on them, but something just ALL about curves. I dont really understand them.

Thks you so much.
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 09-14-2011, 11:37 PM
John Wheeler's Avatar
John Wheeler John Wheeler is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 583
Re: Looking for Curves teaches

Hi adtechniques

Here is a link to a 2 DVD set on just that topic. I have never viewed them myself so cannot vouch for them: http://kelbytraining.com/product/mas...p-cs5-2-discs/

Given all the various and wonderful (and many not so wonderful) ways to spend money in software/hardware/training in photography and retouching/restoration, I almost hesitate to suggest spending almost $90 on a couple DVDs that basically covers one Photoshop tool. The concept around curves is amazingly simple yet effectively using them let alone mastering them can be quite a feat (I am not there yet).

I personally opted to take the path to understand the basics of how they work and then learn techniques through online tutorials, books, and classes on Lynda.com. Basically picking up more as I go. That is a pretty slow process however and the DVDs are probably a much faster way to learn all about curves.

Hope that helps. Hopefully other members will jump in with additional advice.
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 09-14-2011, 11:48 PM
Doug Nelson's Avatar
Doug Nelson Doug Nelson is offline
Janitor
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,068
Blog Entries: 21
Re: Looking for Curves teaches

Curves aren't all that hard if you remember graphs from school. The x-axis (left-right) represents the image tones from 0-255. The y-axis (up-down) represents what you'd like the tones to be (again, from 0-255). If you graph the intersections of all the x (actual) and y (new) values, it makes a curve (although it could be a straight line, but that's still counted as a curve in this instance).
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 09-14-2011, 11:53 PM
Nasturtium's Avatar
Nasturtium Nasturtium is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1,123
Blog Entries: 34
Re: Looking for Curves teaches

A thread I started where people could post their links


Stupid curve tricks
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 09-15-2011, 08:46 PM
adtechniques adtechniques is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 105
Re: Looking for Curves teaches

Thank all of you. Nasturtium has posted a very useful link. I will read it earlier
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 09-16-2011, 08:54 AM
andrewrodney's Avatar
andrewrodney andrewrodney is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Santa Fe
Posts: 1,091
Re: Looking for Curves teaches

You don’t need to spend money on DVD’s to learn curves. There are a huge number of free video’s on YouTube that will give you an idea of how they work, then just open up some images and give the dialog a try. Start here with Martin Evening:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/photosho...b64-766fa.html

There is a video link below, check that out too.
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 09-17-2011, 12:30 AM
ray12's Avatar
ray12 ray12 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NYC
Posts: 320
Re: Looking for Curves teaches

I hope this is not too spamming...I teach advanced curves...So it seems to fit.

I use them every day and I teach others how to use them in ways you rarely hear about like: using advanced curves for getting perfect exposures everywhere in the image, to paint with curve based light and shadow to create full tonality in images, to use curves to change any color in an image, to paint non-destructively in an image so no image detail is lost, to produce playboy skin colors, to do flawless high-end digital makeup like lipstick, eye shadows, skin color and texture, eye colors, and hair. I also teach creating artistic images like HDR and Cross Processing using selective advanced curves as well.

There is a lot you can do with curves. The best thing is that they are transparent and you can selectively paint with them so that no image detail in the original is lost. They allow you to get flawless and controllable color control. They are absolutely incredible for doing HQ digital makeup.

The teaching I do is private and 1 on 1...so you would need to contact me via Private Message and we could set up something off-line if you like.

Glad to answer questions.

Cheers,

Ray12
Reply With Quote top
  #8  
Old 09-20-2011, 09:13 PM
adtechniques adtechniques is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 105
Re: Looking for Curves teaches

Thanks for your suggestions, Ray12. I would love to attend your classes, but unfortunately I'm not in the USA. I will find information on RetouchPro. Hopefully if will have the opportunity to attend your classes. One more, thks you so much.
Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Retouching


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved