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13 February 2007 - 3:56pm -- Joseph

After the uncertainty of the Visa extension debaccle (we have them now, we are illegal aliens no more) and the excitement of my parents' whistle-stop tour of the country, normal service has resumed (after limping through last week somewhat with a stinking cold each). I'm teaching my Web Design class again next week (only three students signed up so far, maybe word's got round that I don't magically transform you into professional web designers in three weeks?) and have been doing revisions to the material. I'm still not 100% happy with it, but I think I've ironed out most of the gitches. The problem is trying to write a set of exercises that complement and lfollow on from each other, tricky...

I'm also writing a Photoshop course, which is going okay (Except I still need to write the exercises - eek! ). While writing the course I've been documenting some of the more useful keyboard shortcuts, (I'm a big fan of keyboard shortcuts - gets the job done - FAST...). While doing so, I've marveled at the fact that there's no shortcut for the Brightness/Contrast adjustment box. There's one for Levels, Colour Balance and Hue/Saturation but not one for Brightness/Contrast (that I can find).

Is there a reason for this? Is it not a popular enough function? I use it a lot... Is there a secret shortcut which they choose not to advertise in the menus, perhaps in an attempt to encourage you to use the Levels function instead?

If anyone has any idea, please let me know, that'd be grand...


I just use the brightness/contrast controls on my montitor, you should find a couple of dials just under the screen. If that doesn't work for you, you can always wear sunglasses or just squint.

Alledgedly there's no shortcut key for Brightness/Contrast by design as it causes image degredation. Apparently you're better off using curves to achieve the same effect without losing quality.

I'm no artist so I can't jusitfy this, I'm just quoting from a book someone lent me.


I suspected it might be something like that. That's all very well, but there's nothing like upping the contrast to make a thumbnail more vivid...

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