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Old 06-12-2005, 10:26 PM
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too dark of shadow

Does anyone know how to lighten up a dark shadow on a picture? Thanks1

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Old 06-12-2005, 10:58 PM
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Here is the picture i have come to the conclusion that this can't be fixed.
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Old 06-13-2005, 01:14 AM
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Hi Jen, lightened your shadow a little by doing the following.

Duplicate background.
Invert new layer. Set blend mode to Soft Light.
Duplicate this layer, adjust opacity of layer to get desired effect (I used 10%).
Levels adj layer, adjust contrast a little.

Haven't attempted to take out any of the dust or scratches, or adjust picture in any other way.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-13-2005, 01:49 AM
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OK, I hope this image is large enough to see! It's the first time I've tried ot post an image attachment.

Anyway, heres' my try...

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Old 06-13-2005, 10:43 AM
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Thanks I never thought of that method. Man there sure is alot to know.

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Old 09-19-2005, 12:47 PM
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I was wondering if anyone had any advice on printing this one out. I know the blacks in the shadows are blown out but if you lighten it up it looks blotchy and bad. When i print this one out it looks worse and blotchy anyway all over. I wish what you see on the screen would be how it prints. Any advice would help.
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Old 09-19-2005, 01:38 PM
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Lighten

I used a levels adjustment layer and masked out some of the highlights. I then copied the layer using screen blending mode and masked out the hightlights again.
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Old 09-19-2005, 03:36 PM
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gary, when you say you inverted the layer, what do you mean? you inverted to a negative image or what?

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Old 09-19-2005, 06:45 PM
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How bout a Gamma trick?

I used a custom RGB gamma profile of 1.4 (ala D.Margulis) to simply shift the pixels into a lighter direction... Took only 30 seconds...

->image->mode->LAB
->image->mode->RGB
->edit->assign profile->gamma-1.4 profile
->image->mode->LAB
->image->mode->RGB

Seems like trougle, but it's not

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Old 09-19-2005, 07:28 PM
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Hi Jen

I used the same method as Gary but if you apply it to the shadow area only you can apply a much stronger effect.

There is a good tutorial here
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu..._masking.shtml

Or just Google ‘Contrast Mask’

My picture is probably way too much but it demonstrates what can be done with a contrast mask applied to the shadows. And, yes Craig it is a negative which some would then Gaussian Blur.

I have no luck printing this type of picture. I get it like I want it on the screen then take it to the local camera shop for printing. I get much better results.
If you must print it on your printer then make sure your printer is set to B&W and Not colour.

Heyrad.
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That method sounds interesting but please can you post the results.


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