Levels is one of my favorite adjustment layers to use in Photoshop! There is really a lot you can do with this adjustment layer! If you are somewhat new to Photoshop it can seem a bit overwhelming, so here let’s break down 6 ways you can use the levels layer in Photoshop to really make a change on your photo!
Lighten The Entire Image
Just grab that gray triangle in the middle of the curve and drag it to your left. You’ll see your entire image instantly brighten up!
Darken The Whole Image
Same thing as before, but this time when you slide that gray triangle move it to your right. The entire picture will appear a little bit darker.
Add Heavy Contrast
With the levels adjustment layer pulled up take the black triangle and drag it right. Take the white triangle and drag it to the left. POP! Instant contrast! This can make a dramatic difference on your photo- but be careful as it could make parts of you image too dark or bright.
If you are looking just to make certain areas of you photo darker, grab the black triangle under the curve and push it right. Now click on the layer mask and hit control (or command on a MAC) I. This will invert the layer. Grab a soft white brush and “paint on” the layer mask the area of your photo you want to appear darker.
Same drill as before, but this time you are going to first move the white taingel to the right. Then invert and paint on areas you want lighter!
Add A Fun Vintage Filter!
This adjustment is a little trickier. Instead of staying in RGB you are going to want to drop the color to blue. (see below or watch the video for more clarification.) And again something a little different- this time instead of moving the triangle under the curve, you’re going to move the triangles in under the gradient. See it there? Move both triangles inward until you get a look you love!
There is so much more you can do with levels, but start with these fun adjustments first. Play around and see what you can create with you images!
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