Applying adjustments

There are a range of adjustments which can be applied to your photo as a new layer for corrective or creative purposes.

Available Adjustments:

Adjustments are applied to your image from the Adjustment panel and most include customisable settings alongside general adjustment options.

Adjustment layers only affect layers which are below them. Alternatively, you can make an adjustment a child of a layer (or layer group), thereby affecting that layer (or layer group) only.

Some adjustments (i.e., Curves, Levels, or Channel Mixer) can be made in any colour space independently of the document colour space.

Settings

The following general settings are available from all adjustment dialogs:

To apply an adjustment:
  1. On the Adjustment panel, select an adjustment.

    The adjustment is added directly above the selected layer or at the top of the stack if no layer was selected.

  2. (Optional) Click one of the adjustment preset thumbnails.
  3. If a dialog appears for the adjustment, follow the steps below:
    1. Adjust the settings in the dialog.
    2. (Optional) Click Add Preset to make your custom settings available in step 2 for future sessions.
    3. Close the dialog.

You can replace an applied adjustment of the same type by selecting a new preset or custom adjustment from the bottom of the Layers panel. This maintains the adjustment layer's position in the layer stack.

To rename or delete a saved adjustment:
To view an applied adjustment's settings:
Adjustments To apply an adjustment from the Layers panel:
  1. On the Layers panel, select a layer.
  2. Click Adjustments and select an adjustment from the pop-up menu.

    The adjustment is added directly above the selected layer.

  3. If a dialog appears for the adjustment, follow the steps below:
    1. Adjust the settings in the dialog.
    2. Close the dialog.

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