Levels is a popular tool in Adobe Photoshop and one many use or at the very least are aware of. But what if it's not the right choice after all.
I am going to be brutally honest about this topic, even if it's to my detriment. I, like many of us, taught myself Photoshop. I'm not entirely sure when I first installed a version of Photoshop to play around in, but I suspect it was around 17 or 18 years ago. Video tutorials weren't yet a thing as far as I was aware, so I read written guides instead. I taught myself a lot of the basics, but only if they pertained to something I wanted to create. I was into making bizarre "art" (not that I ever called it that) using Cinema4D and then Photoshop, so everything I wanted to learn was pretty niche.
Then, when I picked up photography, I realized that some of my understanding of Photoshop was useful, and for the most part, I could just fill in the blanks. One blank that I seemed to be using a lot was the Curves tool, which I picked up without knowing what the Levels tool was. Then, over the years, I saw people using Levels more and more, but I was doing what they proposed to do, with a Curves adjustment layer. And so that is how it has gone ever since. Nearly two decades of using Photoshop, and I still don't really know why I would use Levels over Curves, and I wondered if A) I was missing something crucial, B) it was niche and I hadn't come across the right application yet, or C) it just wasn't as good as Curves.
So, what do you used Levels for? Is it better than Curves for any tasks?