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Old 11-23-2010, 11:08 PM
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Help removing shadow from engagement pics

Hi Everyone,

I'm new here and definitely not a pro at photoshop or photo editing period. But I was hoping someone, anyone, would be willing to help me with a couple photos. I've tried reading several articles and all over this forum for help on removing irritating shadows on faces.

Could anyone please HELP! Here's a link to the photos,

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...0/IMG_2192.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...0/IMG_2250.jpg

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I appreciate any help! Thanks!

-Leeneh
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:59 AM
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Re: Help removing shadow from engagement pics

Hi Leenah and welcome.

Could you let us know what editing software and version you are using. This will be helpful to allow members to tailor recommendations to enable you to reduce the shadows.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:39 AM
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Re: Help removing shadow from engagement pics

If you are using Photoshop CS5 - use the Shadows/Highlights adjustments. Image > Adjustments >Shadows/Highlights. This is a destructive edit so be sure to either work on a copy of the original, or duplicate your image layer first. Converting for smart filters works also. Works great! If you have CS4 or lower, I suppose you need to work with burn & dodge.

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Old 11-24-2010, 12:18 PM
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Re: Help removing shadow from engagement pics

Next time try to choose better light conditions.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:20 PM
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Re: Help removing shadow from engagement pics

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Hi Leenah and welcome.

Could you let us know what editing software and version you are using. This will be helpful to allow members to tailor recommendations to enable you to reduce the shadows.
Well, I have a program called "graphic converter" if any of you are familiar with that, but i'm working on getting Photoshop. I'm using a powerbook g4.

As for the person who said to take pictures in better lighting conditions... thanks for the obvious lol!

Thanks TEastmen for the instructions.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:42 AM
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Re: Help removing shadow from engagement pics

You'd be better off shading these in to where they're a bit more natural. If they're shot as raw you might be able to use the raw data to reclaim some of the lost highlights. You may be better off darkening in some of the highlight areas rather than the opposite. Brought up they may look flat and photoshopped. If you haven't done this before a few times and you're merely working with a mouse or trackpad, this is probably just going to be a frustrating experience that is unlikely to produce realistic results (honestly it takes practice especially if you want to completely redo the lighting without it looking weird). Graphics converter is just an apple utility, and has nothing to do with what you want to do. On a side note, the absolute highest version your G4 supports of photoshop is photoshop CS4. CS5 requires that you be on a model with an intel processor to run.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:00 AM
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Obviously then graphic converter is of no use to you. If you are interested in photo editing and are going to buy Photoshop then if budget is limited you may want to pick up an earlier version AFAIK shadow highlight command is available back to Photoshop CS.

Alternatively there is a free editor that is pretty good called The Gimp (dont let the name put you off ) It can be download from here http://www.gimp.org/

With any of these programs there is generally a steep learning curve so if your interest is only in getting these two images done then perhaps it would be a less expensive option to have a look/advertise in the Classified section. I am sure that many of the pros here would offer to do the job at an attractive rate
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:48 PM
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Re: Help removing shadow from engagement pics

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As for the person who said to take pictures in better lighting conditions... thanks for the obvious lol!
Make them better: model the available light with fill-flash and/or reflectors and/or diffuser screens, standards in the tog arsenal.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:23 AM
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Re: Help removing shadow from engagement pics

Photoshop Elements is cheap and great little pieces of software too!
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:24 AM
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Re: Help removing shadow from engagement pics

You can just use the photoshop tool for removing shadow.
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