Compressing Tonal Range In Photoshop?
I'm converting some of my drawings to halftones.
I know that some of the lightest tones will be lost in printing and some of the darker tones will shift to black.
therefore I am working out the best way to alter those tones in the drawing to get as much detail as possible, especially the very light tones.
I'm currently adjusting the contrast/bright manually and using the Burn tool to darken them but it's really longwinded so..
How do you handle that? Is there a quicker way to do it?
the curves tool will let you manipulate the midrange & let you control the lights, darks, and everything in between (sort of) separately.
In the Curves dialog, like Tom said, you want to move the arrows on the left and right in towards the middle. This "compresses" the tonal range.
If I have a gray scale drawing, I also try messing around with the levels to blow all the mid tones out. But thats just me. You can essentially do what you want with both curves and levels.
thanks for the replies, i will try using the Curves method.