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The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening

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The Tone Curve panel

The Tone Curve controls offer a new approach to tone curve mapping, where the tone curve is modified through slider control adjustments. The reason the Tone Curve controls are presented in this way is to encourage people to make tone curve adjustments based on descriptive criteria. If you are used to working with the point-edit Curves dialog in Photoshop, the Lightroom method may appear restrictive at first, but the Tone Curve slider controls in Lightroom can often inspire you to create tone curve shapes that are quite unlike any of the curve shapes you might have applied when adjusting them using the traditional point curve method. The slider controls also recognize the fact that many photographers just don’t get how to ...

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