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The Magic of Black Levels

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Dec 03

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Black Levels

Today we are focusing on one part of the histogram – black levels. The black point is where all three color channels come together to create the darkest point in your image.

When trying to brighten your images, most people forget about the power of the black levels and what you can do once you mix color channels. If you bring up the black point in RGB( combination of each color channel) you won’t notice any colors in your blacks. This is because there is no color information in black and making it brighter results in gray.

To avoid making your image gray you can instead grab each individual color channel and brighten accordingly. You will be amazed at how you can control the look of your black levels once you start using separate color channels.

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