The differences between Levels and Curves adjustments in Photoshop


posted Friday, November 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT


Levels and Curves are some of the most-used functions in Adobe Photoshop. They can achieve many of the same tasks when editing photos, however they are different from one another not only in how they are used, but also in terms of flexibility.

PiXimperfect's Unmesh Dinda has released a new video covering the differences between Levels and Curves in Photoshop. He uses the metaphor of basic versus scientific calculators to help explain. Both a basic calculator and a scientific calculator are calculators, of course, and they can both do many of the same things. However, there's no doubt that a scientific calculator offers much more power when performing complex mathematical operations. Similarly, Curves adjustments are more powerful than a Levels adjustment. Like a basic calculator, Levels adjustments are a bit more straightforward and easier to use. To see the difference between Levels and Curves in action with photo editing, watch Dinda's video below.

(Via PiXimperfect