So I got up early, and decided to put together a Flash presentation on curves. To be honest, it’s one of those things that I always sorta understood, but explaining it can be very difficult. I should have tried something easier, like dunking a basketball (I’m 5’5) or finding a cure for some disease.
But it’s there. And in order to explain it, I used Lightroom. Yes, I used Lightroom to explain Photoshop curves. It makes sense if you watch the presentation. I also had to make this more like a video, with full motion captures in order to show the effect of curves on an image.
So, continue on to read about the making of the curves presentation, as well as the link to the presentation.
First, the reason I used Lightroom was simple: Tonal Curves can be adjusted by clicking on the image itself. I like this a lot, because it’s very hands on, while curves is not. If you have Lightroom and Photoshop, try this in Lightroom first, you’ll understand what I mean. In fact, if your workflow involves Lightroom, and it’s not out of place in your workflow, just use Tonal Curve adjustments there. It’s very slick.
Becuase of the full motion video, there were some glitches, display errors with the mouse cursor in Lightroom. I tried to edit the cursor but it just wasn’t happening. So I’ll let it be.
Explaining curves with Lightroom: Easy. Explaining it with words: Very difficult. I could have gone more in depth, but if I did that, I may as well break out the chalkboard and trigonometry examples. I tried to keep it more hands on, and very simple to see the cause/effect of it. I want to keep all my flash presentations light, and simple to take in. That’s also why I try to stick to one topic per presentation. If I tried to do a Photoshop presentation, It’d be the PShizzy.com equivalent of Stephen King’s “the Stand”
I’ve already got more ideas for presentations on the horizon. In fact, I have too many. But I’ll keep em coming
And here is the presentation:
Feel free to leave feedback, especially if you view the presentation. I’d love to know what I did right, what I did wrong, and how to improve that for future topics. I’d also like feedback and ideas for future topics.