New Video Tutorial: Introduction to Curves in Sagelight

Using Curves in Sagelight

Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY-Xl2p64Go

Sagelight has a lot of simple, powerful tools.  Sagelight also has quite a few advanced tools, with a heavy emphasis on making them as easy-to-use and as simple as possible.   Sagelight Curves are an example of that — at a base level, a traditional tool that has been largely supplanted by tools like the Tone Control in Sagelight, Ligthroom, and other editors.

But, there is a definite value to curves beyond the idea of supporting traditional curves.

For the spectrum of Sagelight users, I would say the curves are going to be more for intermediate-to-advanced users, as opposed to the main “center” of Sagelight, which is a set of controls created to be intuitive without requiring any knowledge of image editing.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or a power-user, Sagelight Curves have been designed to work at every level, to making it easy to use curves without really having to understand the concepts of what a “curve” is at a mechnical level, to working with different color spaces and alternative channels that makes using curves even more powerful than traditional curves.

Sagelight 4.0 introduces the Curves Window (or Curves Box, as it’s called in the video) where you can use traditional, manually-drawn curves.  This can be used in various places in Sagelight, notably in the Power Curves, as well as the Quick Edit and Pro Quick Edit Modes.

This video discusses a few things about curves:

  • If you’re not familiar with curves, that’s fine — the way the curves are used in the video are intuitive, and you can get a good idea of how they work just by watching.
  • Curves are very useful, but not in the same way as they used to be a few years ago. Traditional Curves are not as useful for toning as they used to be because  Technology has come along to bring us other tools, such as the Sagelight Tone Controls, which have more range.
  • On the other hand, many enhancements have been made to the traditional curves approach to make curves very useful in other ways, such as subtle adjustments to your image, using color curves, as well as other color spaces.  This allows curves to be used in ways not thought of with curves when used in the traditional RGB space
  • This video tutorial shows the differences between tone controls and using the traditional curves
  • Also shown is how curves can be used with images in different ways, especially hard-to-deal-with images.

The video is a general overview of curves and shows how they can be used very quickly for subtle and powerful changes, even if your not familiar with curves.

How and Where Curves are Useful

If you’re not familiar with curves, curves can seem like they don’t have a place.  You can basically edit your image and never worry about curves.  But, curves are yet another tool to help you get the most out of your image.  In the same way you could enhance your image without, say, the Auto Balance feature, the curves operate in the same way — if you get the basic idea down, they can be a useful tool for helping you with your image.

More than that, though, they can also be a creative tool.  See the next video for some more examples.

This is tutorial will leave you with some great information and more able to use yet another powerful tool in Sagelight.

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