Step-by-step: Color Bal­ance, Lev­els and Thresh­old

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1 Color Bal­ance is use­ful in cre­at­ing ex­tra con­trast be­tween colours. Move the slid­ers be­tween cyan/red, ma­genta/ green and yel­low/blue to ad­just which colours are most promi­nent. Use the drop­down menu to switch be­tween ad­just­ing the shad­ows, mid-tones and high­lights. 2 Lev­els en­able you to em­pha­sise the lights, darks and con­trast in your im­age. Mov­ing the left slider in the top win­dow ad­justs your dark value range, and mov­ing the right slider does the same thing with whites. The mid­dle slider ad­justs dark/light con­trast in gen­eral. 3 A strong sil­hou­ette is a key part of good com­po­si­tion, and Thresh­old makes it pos­si­ble to sim­plify ev­ery­thing down to ba­sic black and white shapes. If your val­ues are read­ing well, then you should still be able to tell what’s go­ing on. If not, I sug­gest re­ar­rang­ing your val­ues.

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