Editing Highlights and Shadows in Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw ~ Conrad Chavez

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw have two sets of controls for making tone and contrast adjustments: The Basic panel Tone sliders and the Tone Curve. Because the slider names in these two sets of tools are almost the same, some believe that both sets of sliders do the same thing, while others believe the newer Basic Tone sliders are better and there is no longer a need for the Tone Curve. But neither statement is true: The two features can actually give you three different results to choose from.

Let’s look at these differences specifically when editing highlights and shadows. The examples in this article show Lightroom, but everything in this article applies to both Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8.
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