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Old 01-19-2005, 05:28 PM
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Does anyone have a good technique for evening out/removing shadows in a picture?
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Old 01-19-2005, 05:49 PM
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Hi Christo, as a quick method, try this.

Ctrl + alt + Shift + ~ this selects highlights.
Select Inverse to select shadows

Now open Levels Adjustment Layer, and adjust to minimise shadows.

I've attached a quick example of this. i t needs further work, but gives you a start.
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Old 01-19-2005, 06:00 PM
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Hi christo,
I was able to even out this image a bit in PS by playing with the levels.

Image> adjustments> levels

Then I did a little dodging and burning with a large soft brush set very low...like 6%. It seemed to bring out some detail in the shadow areas but it also lost a little detail in the highlights. You may get better results, as mine was a very quick effort.

Cheers,
Phil
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Old 01-19-2005, 06:16 PM
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Hi Gary,
I like the results you got with that method. I can't seem to get the quick keys to work though ( Ctrl + alt + Shift + ~ ) Is there another way to select the highlights of an image? Is that the same as ctrl clicking RGB in channels?
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:54 AM
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Hi everybody,

earthman,

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Is there another way to select the highlights of an image?...Is that the same as ctrl clicking RGB in channels?
Not that I know ....You could eliminate the necessity to press the "Shift" key from your preferences, but the combination 'Ctrl+Alt+~' still remains .... and yes, it is the same procedure as ctrl+click on a single RGB Channel even if the resulting mask is slightly different (single Channel mask is usually much harder and stronger and limited to the luminosity of that particular Channel....)

Anyway, since I use Luminosity and shadows Masks a lot, I wrote two actions for these procedures.... You can download the LuminosityMask action here, and the Shadows Mask action here.

While you are there, check the other 'goodies' in our new Resources Section ....
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Old 01-20-2005, 04:20 AM
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Hi Earthman, can't really add anything to what Flora's already said. Can't think of a reason why the key combo won't work for you.
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:02 AM
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The problem with using a luminosity mask (or its inverse) or a particular shadow/highlight is that they are very broad masks and you wind up affecting a lot of other image features.

My tutorial, "Masking by the Numbers," demonstrates how to quickly create tone-based masks that are narrower in their effects.

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...TheNumbers.pdf

I also have a PS action set that makes it easy to target changes to specific tonal ranges in an image: shadows, quarter tones, etc.

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...askToolkit.htm

Cheers,

Mitch
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Old 01-20-2005, 04:29 PM
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Sorry Mitch, don't seem to be able to view your pdf tutorials, either from your link, or by manual search of your site. Am using latest version of Adobe Reader, and have tried using both Firefox and IE as browser.
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:29 PM
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Sorry Mitch, don't seem to be able to view your pdf tutorials, either from your link, or by manual search of your site. Am using latest version of Adobe Reader, and have tried using both Firefox and IE as browser.
The PDF opens just fine for me both at my office and at home.
It opens just fine in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Perhaps your version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is outdated?

I just tried by clicking on the link here.

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Old 01-20-2005, 11:59 PM
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Flora,
Am having problems with your reduce shadows atn. I get to the Gaussian blur stage with no problem, and then the dialogue box comes up that says "in the fill dialogue box to set opacity between 40% and 80%. When I click continue there, everything seems to stop. I have two images open, the original and an image copy (gray). What am I missing here?
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