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Levels adjustment in Lightroom 2?

Discussion in 'PhotoShop & Editing Tips, Tricks and Tutorials For' started by Carmen, Jan 24, 2010.

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  1. Carmen

    Carmen Forum Geek :) Super Moderator

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    Is there an equivalent of the photoshop Levels adjustment tool in LR?

    I'm currently editing a load of pics from last night and I've done crop, slight exposure adjustment in LR if needed and then exported. I'm finding all it needs in most cases is a levels adjustment in PS (CS2). I wondered if I could have done this in LR?

    I thought it might be the exposure adjustment tool but it doesn't seem to do the same thing if I drag the bar on the histogram in LR as it does in the Levels adjustment in PS i.e. if I try to drag the right hand side to meet the histogram it ends up looking over exposed but if I do it in Levels in PS it looks fine. Am I missing something or is it just working in a different way?
     
  2. SeanNeedham

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    The 'recovery', 'fill light' and 'blacks' sliders.
     
  3. Carmen

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    Ok, I do tend to use the blacks slider in LR, but which slider is it ( is it the fill light?) that does the same as dragging the right highlight slider into the right edge of the histogram in PS??

    Recovery is to try to gain back blown highlights isn't it??

    Am I being stupendously thick here..... LOL
     
  4. Chris Hawkins

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    A really good question. The simple answer is no. My instinct is that you can't replicate levels with the sliders that Sean references.
     
  5. SeanNeedham

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    Edit - Didn't see Chris' post.

    I'd say yes it is because, it is creating the same end point as it would be if using the levels system in Photoshop.
    At the end of the day it is only moving the highlight point and the shadow point of the exposure in relation to how the image is exposed.
     
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  6. Carmen

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    OK I'll have another play tonight. I can manage curves in LR - though to be honest I don't usually bother as I prefer the way it works in PS if I'm going to use PS anyway!
     
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    I actually tend not to use the sliders but instead grab the corresponding segment of the actual histogram and shift it left and right.

    Just seems more intuative for me and very useful. From left to right the segments of the histogram control BLACKS, FILL LIGHT, EXPOSURE, RECOVERY :Dm
     
  8. Carmen

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    Yes have to say I do that too but to me it doesn't seem to work the same as levels. If I shift the histogram to where the edge meets the right hand line it adjusts the exposure slider and seems to look over exposed.....
     
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    Also, a good tip is to press option (or alt) when you're moving the faders up and down and it will display blown out areas of that corresponding fader.
     
  10. Chris Hawkins

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    OK I've had a play now. Levels is not the same as Recovery etc. Recovery etc reditributes the histogram whereas levels simply selects part of the histogram - the effect can be similar - but, they are not the same.
     
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