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Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

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Old 11-23-2009, 09:25 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

Lightning up the shadow(s) is the way to go. This is done with a 50% gray layer set to Soft Light.

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Old 11-23-2009, 10:04 PM
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Wow. Now I am not sure what to do seeing as y'all have helped out so much! I like both pics from Juergen and unimatrix.

So should I half the million dollar payment between the both of you?
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:21 AM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

Really good work Juergen, great result,
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:00 AM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

I would go with Juergen's image. Unimatrix image now looks very fake. The shadows should not be removed entirely.

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Old 11-24-2009, 02:26 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

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Lightning up the shadow(s) is the way to go. This is done with a 50% gray layer set to Soft Light.

Juergen
Thank you for great tutorial. You are doing good job.

I like natural shadow.

I took screenshot of workflow on photoshop elements 7 this.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:27 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

I hate to do this, showing off my ignorance. But could anyone give a more detailed, almost step-by-step instructional on how to lighten the shadow like y'all are doing? It looks great, but I am a total klutz when it comes to photoshop - it took me weeks to figure out how to make really nice borders I am happy with (granted I learned all by myself). I have Elements 3, but I am sure the steps would be somewhat similar.

The editing looks great!
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:36 AM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

1) Create new layer
2) on new layer clone a large patch of grass from the right side (you will have to build it up) over the shadow area on the left. Go over the foot and the legs with your cloning and over the edges of the shadow (it will be removed later)
3) put a layer mask over the the new layer and then using black mask off all the parts that overlap, like the legs and foot etc.
4)Set the blend mode for this new layer to be Lighten
5) Adjust the opacity of the new layer to suit (I went for 70%)
6) finally do a shadow/highlight adjustment on the base picture to pull up the shadows a bit. I used a medium Amount (50%) with a low tonal width (20%) didn;t touch the radius.

Bingo.
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:34 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

I dunno, guys. Me, I'm always looking for the quick trick that gets it done. Maybe tart it up with a curves layer to finish.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:27 PM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

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1) Create new layer
2) on new layer clone a large patch of grass from the right side (you will have to build it up) over the shadow area on the left. Go over the foot and the legs with your cloning and over the edges of the shadow (it will be removed later)
3) put a layer mask over the the new layer and then using black mask off all the parts that overlap, like the legs and foot etc.
4)Set the blend mode for this new layer to be Lighten
5) Adjust the opacity of the new layer to suit (I went for 70%)
6) finally do a shadow/highlight adjustment on the base picture to pull up the shadows a bit. I used a medium Amount (50%) with a low tonal width (20%) didn;t touch the radius.

Bingo.

Thank you so much for this - you are a life-saver. It would have taken me forever to figure out how to do this!
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:35 AM
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Re: Anyone wanna help me get rid of shadows?

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1) Create new layer
2) on new layer clone a large patch of grass from the right side (you will have to build it up) over the shadow area on the left. Go over the foot and the legs with your cloning and over the edges of the shadow (it will be removed later)
3) put a layer mask over the the new layer and then using black mask off all the parts that overlap, like the legs and foot etc.
4)Set the blend mode for this new layer to be Lighten
5) Adjust the opacity of the new layer to suit (I went for 70%)
6) finally do a shadow/highlight adjustment on the base picture to pull up the shadows a bit. I used a medium Amount (50%) with a low tonal width (20%) didn;t touch the radius.

Bingo.
Okay, ran into a problem here. When I am using black to "mask off all the parts that overlap - like the legs and foot", there is a bit of black outline left around her legs and foot. I've tried to do it as neatly as possible, but its like a black shadow that is very small, yet visible. I guess it is a left over part of the background pic trying to peak through.

How do I get rid of this left-over? Is there a feathering tool or something?

Other than that the process is working fine and I really like the look of the lighter shadows.
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