Setting the white &black points in Lightroom CC

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

If you have ever wondered how to set the white and black points in Adobe Lightroom CC, it is really very simple and here is how to do it. For those of you who wish to do this in Photoshop, you can use the levels command which is the correct way to do it in Photoshop. I use these sliders occasionally (really the black more than the white). If I have a flat photo, dragging the black slider will fix it fast and really improve the look.

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The Whites and Blacks sliders control the very brightest and very darkest parts of your image (the two narrow ends of the histogram). Dragging these sliders expands the range of their image as far as they can, without clipping either the highlights or the shadows (turning them solid black, so there’s no detail in those areas). You can do that by pressing-and-holding the Option (PC: Alt) key and dragging the Whites slider to the right to expand the very brightest whites. As you do, the screen turns black. Keep dragging until you see white areas appear (those areas are clipping), and then drag backward just a little until they’re gone. That’s as far as you can expand the Whites.

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Now, press-and-hold the Option (PC: Alt) key, once again, and drag the Blacks slider to the left to expand the very darkest blacks. As you do, the screen turns white (as seen here). Keep dragging left until you see black areas appear (those areas are clipping in the shadows), so drag back to the right just a little until they’re gone. That’s as far as you can expand the blacks. Now, your white and black points are set. Quick and easy way to set the points in LR CC.

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