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Curves tool: how to reverse the black-white orientation?

Participant ,
Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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For more than 20 years, I have used the curve tool with black in the lower left and white in the upper right. Recently I got a new studio computer and set it up from scratch, rather than migrating data from my previous computer. Thus I did a fresh install of Photoshop 2020. The curve tool is oriented opposite of what I am used to: White is in the lower left corner and black is in the upper right.

 

How can I reverse the black-white orientation of the curve tool so that black is in the lower left and white is in the upper right?

 

Occasionally I have seen the curve tool reversed when opening certain files. What causes this?

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Community Expert , Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

Take a look at screenshot below

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Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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Check that from Properties panel menu > Curves Display Options you have selected Light instead of Pigment, I think that is what you are asking for.

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Dec 13, 2020 Dec 13, 2020

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I cant see where that option is on the panel. Can you send a screenshot?

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Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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Take a look at screenshot below

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Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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Thank you! Not easy to find unless you already know where it is.

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Dec 19, 2023 Dec 19, 2023

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Not a clear answer! How to reverse black and white in Curves! Black should be on the left not right

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May 16, 2024 May 16, 2024

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Follow the 4 steps outlined in the previous post to access Curves Display Options, choose the Light option, and then click OK.

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Dec 12, 2020 Dec 12, 2020

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Could it be that you are using a CMYK file but you usually use RGB files?

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Dec 13, 2020 Dec 13, 2020

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That might be. I have people who bring me rediculously small and substandard files and want me to make large prints of them. They never seem to have an original that I can scan. I will go back and look at the file from the other day that was causing the problem.

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