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Old 02-24-2002, 12:15 PM
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Unhappy Advice needed on reducing shadows

This is my first question (no doubt of many as I have seen work by so many talented people here!)

Is anybody able to advise me as to effective ways of reducing the intensity of shadows, so they still retain a fairly natural look?
I've been struggling with this one for a while now, having tried various adjustment layers to little effect.

Attached is a fairly typical example of the shadows I mean.
All help will be greatly appreciated!
Thanx.
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Old 02-24-2002, 01:41 PM
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Hi Stuart,

Is this the sort of thing you have in mind? All I did with this was duplicated the layer, then in Levels moved the central arrow to the left a bit - this lightened the whole layer. I then took a large and low-pressured airbrush eraser and took out the non-shadowed areas. Took me about 2 minutes.

One of the many techniques I learnt on this site!!

Cheers,

Sam
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Old 02-24-2002, 01:55 PM
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Stuart,

Welcome aboard. Here is one way I learned from Katrin Eismann's book "Restoration & Retouching". Pick up a copy, as it's money *well* spent.

Duplicate the image. Convert the new image to grayscale. Gaussian blur (around 4 - 5 pixels). Invert the image. Target the original image, and load the selection made from the grayscale image. Make a new layer via copy. Fill this layer with 50% gray. Layer blending mode should be set to Color Dodge, with Preserve Transparency checked. The image should now be much lighter. If parts are too light, you can add a layer mask, then paint the very light parts with black to undo the effects, or you can use the opacity setting to fine tune it. If the shadows are still too light, try duplicating the layer. Good luck.

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Old 02-24-2002, 03:08 PM
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Cheers guys for the excellent advice. Sam, that is EXACTLY the sort of help I needed.
Ed, thanx for the book tip, I'm going to check that one out.
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Old 02-24-2002, 07:50 PM
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Stuart
If you are running Photoshop 6, I can send you an action that does what Ed described. I made it myself because I found that I needed to reduce the shadows in several photos.
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Old 02-28-2002, 06:56 PM
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Hey DJ,

I read about the action you put together for reducing the shadows. If I could impose on you could you email it to me at your convenience? My email address is:

cendres3@attbi.com

I have a cable modem so it does'nt matter how big it is. I would really like to try it out.

Its kind of interesting because I was reading that the new photoshop is going to do away with actions in leau of some other similar type feature. That is a shame because there are so many nice actions out there. That alone may prevent me from upgrading right away.

In any case, if you can send it I would appreciate it.

Thank You - Carl
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Old 02-28-2002, 07:42 PM
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I would like it also, DJ. Thanks,

Sharon

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Old 02-28-2002, 09:20 PM
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I sent them on to you. Let me know how things go. It's only 2k so I think your connection speed shouldn't be an issue here. There really isn't too many steps involved in it. Remember, you are dealing with an amatuer action recorder here so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 02-28-2002, 10:02 PM
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DJ - that works GREAT. It will go in my permanent actions folder.
Thank you so much.

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Old 03-01-2002, 02:52 PM
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actions?

DJ,

I would also be interested in the action that you have sent to the others.

I am not familiar with "actions", so please explain.

airubin@worldnet.att.net

Thanks,

alan
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