Levels Adjustments in Photoshop CS6

Use a levels adjustment to alter the lightness or brightness of your image. Lesa teaches a technique for using the levels histogram to visually adjust the dark and light areas of your image to create greater contrast.



  1. John S Maguire 19 July, 2012 at 16:58 Reply

    up until today I haven’t had any diffaculty viewing your video tutorials. Now I just get a white blank area where the player should be. any help will be appreciated, Thank you.

  2. Phil 19 July, 2012 at 17:22 Reply

    Thank you for a very clear tutorial on levels adjustments. Easy to understand for novice users and a good refresher for intermediates.

  3. Pedro Nogueira 20 July, 2012 at 17:06 Reply

    Allow me a small correction. This is not “Vasco da Gama Monument”. This monument is named “Discoveries Monument”. It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart.
    Built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. The one in the prow holding a small vessel.
    Best regards,


  4. Steve 23 July, 2012 at 10:56 Reply


    Thanks for the tutorial.

    I have a lovely voice and your explanations are clear and precise

    Very professional..look forward to future tutorials


  5. dirtyuncleberty 26 July, 2012 at 12:00 Reply

    Could you please do a de-crassed-contrast-double-decaffinated-half-caff…with a twist of lemon tutorial next ?
    If not that’s ok, this one has been very helpful. Thanks Lesa.

  6. Shirley Gorg 3 August, 2012 at 13:39 Reply

    Love short tutorials…east to follow and remember and I can go right to my Photoshop and try them out. Thanks Lisa! Whenever I know you have a tutorial out, I go right to it, as I know it will always be informative.

  7. 29 August, 2012 at 17:32 Reply

    Careful, its a matter of taste, but if you move the left or right slider as far as you did, you are pushing some pixels to pure white or pure back. Not in the second image, there is already a spike on the right, and when you moved more left, you are blowing out those highlights to pure white.. which, when printed leaves no color on that part of the photography. Also, the middle slider is a compression slider, not really a contrast slider.

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