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Tone Curve Examples - Self-Portrait

January 19, 2017

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The RAW camera file:

 

My usual adjustments (increased exposure, increased contrast, white balance adjustment, spot removal, adjustment brushes, etc.):

 

Adding the Point Curve "Medium Contrast":

 

Adding the Point Curve "Strong Contrast":

 

Returning to a "Linear" Point Curve and applying manual adjustments with the sliders:

 

Adding the "Medium Contrast" Point Curve to my previous manual slider adjustments:

 

Returning to a "Linear" Point Curve, keeping my manual slider adjustments, and using custom tone curve points to create a matte finish (notice the left side of the tone curve):

 

With the same manual slider adjustments, changing only the Blue Channel. Notice the tone curve: blue tones are added to the darker parts of the photo while yellow tones are added to the highlights. You can see blue in the shadow to the left of my head and yellow on the right side of my face as well as in the top left of the photo:

 

With the same manual slider adjustments, changing only the Green Channel. Notice the tone curve: green tones are added to the darker parts of the photo while magenta tones are added to the highlights. You can see green in the shadow to the left of my head and magenta on the right side of my face as well as in the top left of the photo:

 

With the same manual slider adjustments, changing only the Red Channel. Notice the tone curve: red tones are added to the darker parts of the photo while cyan tones are added to the highlights. You can see red in the shadow to the left of my head and cyan on the right side of my face as well as in the top left of the photo:

 

Cross-Processing with an inverted Blue Channel:

 

Cross-Processing with an inverted Green Channel:

 

 

Cross-Processing with an inverted Red Channel:

 

Crazy tone curve adjustments:

 

 

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