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Welcome to LEVELS

A How To on Using Levels

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Effective as of May 17th, 2008 many of my tutorials will be reformatted into a higher standard '.PDF'. Because of this, I have more control over the file itself in the case that this thread receives any damages - such as being locked, deleted, or corrupted. As well, this adds mobilization to my tutorials and allows for the tutorials to be read offline.

 
 
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I wasn't aware that you could maximise the Levels dialog; you can't in pretty much all other Adjustments and Effects, so I didn't think to look for it here. This small detail is immensely handy, indeed. Thanks Mike.

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I'm sure that the K from CMYK stands for Key not Kill, but aside from that there's some very hand information in there, thanks very much :)

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CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Kill (Black).

You sure about that? ;)

Very good tutorial, though. I now understand Levels! (Levels has baffled be to this day... mostly because of my unwillingness to learn it ... :roll: )

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I'm quite happy that my call for "More Tutorials Like This" has produced such rapid results. Sticky'd!!

 

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I just worked through your tutorial. Very good. Well written and easy to follow. I learned a lot more than I ever knew about "Level". I'm probably wrong, but it looks like adjusting the "Key" is pretty much the same (but better) as adjusting with the "Brightness/Contrast" command.

Thanks for your time and effort, much appreciated.

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I'm probably wrong, but it looks like adjusting the "Key" is pretty much the same (but better) as adjusting with the "Brightness/Contrast" command.

You're not wrong, in fact. Levels is much more useful and adaptable than Brightness/Contrast. :-)

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Not to mention that you can control the brightness as it relates to individual color channels. :-)

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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This has opened up Levels to me, and is proving an invaluable tool. From the tutorial itself to what you and David have been speaking of, I can see this being used more frequently as time passes, and my comfort with Levels increases.

Thanks once again, Mike.

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No, Sabrown, we are speaking of using Levels as an extra powerful Brightness and Contrast tool, not a mysterious forum with a known purpose or level of understaning. What are you talking about?

Speaking of this tutorial, it will be reformated soon including sources, more screenshots, more information, and a few extras.

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I wish to thank you again for unveiling the misterious paths of levels (it really helped me a lot with an image I am making) and, if I may suggest something I think yours, Pretty Darn Neat on Curves and I remember also a tutorial from David Atwell about gradient mapping (not sticked?) should , besides being sticked, have their own section (Use of PDN tools, effects or something) as far as I hope there will be more and more tutorials like this,

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Hi. I am new to Paint.net and to all other photo manipulation software, for that matter, so bear with me. I have a series of black and white photos which I have taken over the years. I am now going to have them in a gallery and they all need to be approximately the same shade of gray. That is to say, because the photos have been taken with different film stocks and under different lighting, they all look just a bit different. Is there any way to find out the exact saturation point for one photo, and then copy it to all the other photos? I have tried looking under "Levels," but it doesn't seem to give me the RGB reading for a photo, just the histogram, but no numbers associated with it. This may be a basic question, but please help.

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Unfortunetly there is no basic way that has been released (*Cough* Pyrochild *Cough*). At the moment your best bet is to play around with the 'Key' Levels and try to match but this could be difficult and tedious. I am sorry!

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