Hey guys, I just wanted to create this quick tutorial on how to create contrast in an image editing program. I'm sure many of you know how to do this, but there are plenty of new guys getting into photography and I thought it would be good to create this. First off, what is contrast? Contrast is the difference between a drab grey photograph and an image with a full range of bright to dark. Contrast helps make your photographs pop and stand out. I'll guide you through how to do this in just a few steps, for the tutorial i'll use a picture that I took of the Tyn Church in Prague's Old Town Square. You can use any image editor to create contrast. You may have seen a contrast slider where you can up the contrast levels in an image. I feel this doesn't work very well and doesn't give you enough flexibility. The best tool for creating contrast is the curves dialog. In GIMP this is under Layer->Color->Curves. In Photoshop the curves dialog can be found under Image->Adjust->Curves. So open up your curves dialog, it'll look something like this. So we're going to be making our darks darker and our brights brighter. Click on the curve at 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 along the line. Now drag the line down at the dot on the 1st quarter (making our darks darker) and drag the line up at 3/4 (making our lights lighter) and hit OK That's it! Now you've added some contrast to your image. Play around with the curves levels, as you can easly adjust how much contrast by creating a curvier line. After you complete this on one of your photos, post up your work, i'd enjoy seeing it!