The tone curve is one of the most useful tool for photographers. It can be used to make any tonal adjustments like brightening your image and adding contrast. It’s found in many software like Lightroom, Capture One, Premiere, After Effects and mobile apps like Lightroom Mobile. In this tutorial, you’ll learn in a simple way on how to get started with the tone curve in a short amount of time.

To follow the tutorial, make sure that you’ve downloaded the tone chart Photoshop action.

Alternatively, you can learn how to use create a tone chart from scratch.

How often do you use the tone curve? Let us know in the comments below.

7 thoughts on “Learn the Tone Curve in 5 Minutes”

  1. A slower pace of explanation will greatly help in understanding the “new”concepts. I would not be watching this video If I knew the topic .I am learning so a slower pace would make the information easier to grasp. Thank you .

  2. I cannot access the learn the tone curve video tutorial,as the link photo has a green colour cast type finish to it.any help in opening this video would be greatly appreciated?thank you.

    1. Denny Tang

      I think I’m missing something – can you elaborate? You won’t burn out the details if you don’t intentionally crush the shadows/highlights. The same thing will happen even if your image is in Lab mode. And the downside of Lab mode is that your colors will shift… so it’s best not to change your color mode unless you need to.

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