Curvemeister 3 provides two new ways for you to see information highlighted on the image itself.

HiLite Curve

Several customers have requested that Curvemeister provide a way to see which part of the image is affected by a particular area of a curve.  Enter the HiLite Curve command.  If you click on a curve point, and then select the HiLite Curve command from the ribbon bar, you will see a dynamic colored overlay on your image, something like this:

To activate HiLiting the curve, first click on the curve points that you are interested in.  Then click on the HiLite Curve button in the View Tab, as shown in the upper left corner. You may now drag your curve points around and choose which area you want to change.  In this case, I am selecting some fog shrouded trees, planning to change their contrast by using Curvemeister’s ability to rotate two curve points.

Curve HiLite will be active as long as you have a curve window selected, and that curve window has one or more of its curve control points selected. You must also have either the normal full color version of the preview image visible, or the channel that that particular curve applies to, visible in the preview window.

Note: If you later de-select the curve points, or click on another window, the HiLite will reset itself, and you will need to again click on the curve window, followed by the HiLite Curve button.

HiLite Mask

HiLite Mask displays a colored overlay on the image, similar to the one discussed for Hilite Curves, with the colored portions of the image indicated areas that are ”protected” by the mask.  In the example below, the trees in the foreground are masked, so that contrast changes will affect the fogged in areas in the center of the image.

A mask is like a stencil that controls where your curves will have the greatest impact.  Like a stencil, a mask will usually be more useful when it has relatively sharp edges, which means plenty of contrast.  Because of this, you will usually want to make the Mask’s curve steeper, as shown above.  Then when you use the ”other curves” to alter the contrast and color of your original image, you will have more impact in the parts of the image that need it. 

As you adjust the mask curve, pay close attention to the uncolored areas of the image.

This is where you will get the full effect of any curve operation that you choose to perform.