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  Photo Retouching with Photoshop®
Levels Adjustment - Part 2A

This is the second tutorial on using the Photoshop Levels Adjustment to correct tonal values. The Levels Adjustment function in Photoshop can be used in a number of ways. Like the previous tutorial, this example explores another way. This time we will make the Levels Adjustments by manually adjusting the Input Levels.

1. This photo is slightly underexposed. When you look at the histogram, you can see that the right side of the graph is nearly flat. There are almost no pixels on the "light" end of the graph. Please check the previous tutorial for an explanation of the Histogram Palette. Like the previous tutorial, we want to add an Adjustment Layer to make the Levels Adjustment. Click Layer > New Adjustment Layer (or Layer > New > Adjustment Layer for older versions of Photoshop). Give the layer a name or accept the default name it gives you and click the "OK" button.

2. Below is a Flash Video showing you how to make the Levels adjustment. The small white triangle on the right end of the bottom of the histogram is dragged towards the center of the graph. Make sure the Preview checkbox is checked so you can see the effect of the adjustment as you make it. Please notice that as you drag the white triangle to the left that the gray triangle in the center moves a proportional distance towards the left as well. After you have made the adjustment, click the "OK" button.

3. The result is a bit more exposure. The tonal values are more balanced. Also please note the histogram. The pixels have been redistributed.

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