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Old 05-11-2003, 01:42 PM
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Hi friends,

Here is a small tutorial - " how to remove shadow from picture "
there are other techniques but i think this one is most effective.

load picture in Photoshop.

duplicate the picture

change mode to grayscale (not original , only the copy)

apply gaussian blur with radius value 6.

now select original picture.

now click on -- select > load selection (channel - gray ,
select invert box)

now you can see the selection of shadow, here you can add or subtract area with lasso tool,

now click on edit > fill (content mode-- 50% gray, blending mode-- color dodge)

now set the opacity on the fill window as you desire, it may be 100% or 20 to 100 % ,

Now click OK and see the difference.



if it help you, let me know..
any one with better method to remove shadow?





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Old 05-12-2003, 05:04 AM
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Thumbs down forgot to post example

Here is the example
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Old 05-12-2003, 08:56 AM
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Hi Saikat,

I think your technique is very similar (if not the same) as the one Katrin Eisman describes in her book as a "fill flash" technique. I've been using it for quite a while now and have gotten great results with it! Thanks for bringing it to our attention again. It's a great technique and I think should be in everyone's "tool kit."

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Old 05-12-2003, 12:48 PM
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thanks Jeanie,

I found this method in a monthly magazine's tips and tricks section about 2 years ago.

I dont know that it is from Katrin Eisman book.
I am looking for that book..
could you please mention the full name of the book and the publisher.

good photoshop tutorial book's are very rare in my place.
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Old 05-12-2003, 06:41 PM
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could you please mention the full name of the book and the publisher -- SaiKat

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Old 05-14-2003, 07:55 PM
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tnx for the heads up
gonna give that a try for sure..
cheers
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Old 04-08-2007, 10:28 PM
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Re: Effectively remove shadow from picture

Thanks for the tip. I'm really new to using photoshop and it's taking me a while to learn the program. is there any kind of guide I can use to learn the basics. I tried to follow your directions but I don't know how to change a image to greyscale besides... Image>mode>Grayscale and that changes that flatten all the layers. Thanks for any help in advance.
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Old 04-08-2007, 10:40 PM
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Re: Effectively remove shadow from picture

I didn't notice how old this is, sorry I got it to work though
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:17 AM
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Re: Effectively remove shadow from picture

how can u do this if it is making you're original grayscale as well?
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Old 11-18-2007, 12:40 PM
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Re: Effectively remove shadow from picture

Why don't you use 'shadow/highlights'.
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:55 PM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

because then it changes the whole pic and I don't want the highlights blown out.
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Old 03-14-2008, 06:50 PM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

I tried your directions but couldn't get it to work. Any other ideas?
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:26 PM
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Re: Effectively remove shadow from picture

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Thanks for the tip. I'm really new to using photoshop and it's taking me a while to learn the program. is there any kind of guide I can use to learn the basics. I tried to follow your directions but I don't know how to change a image to greyscale besides... Image>mode>Grayscale and that changes that flatten all the layers. Thanks for any help in advance.
Try kelbytraining.com or lynda.com if you like video tutorials. Their introductory photoshop courses are phenomenal.
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:28 PM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

amazing!!! thank you for the tips
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:33 PM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

Hmmm - didn't work for me - maybe I missed a step: I'll try again . . .
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Old 08-11-2009, 03:32 AM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

At least photoamy seems to have forgotten to duplicate the image (not the layer; "Image"-"Duplicate"), before converting it to grayscale, maybe some of the others experiencing problems forgot that step too?
Thanks for the great tip, I think I'll use it in the future

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Old 08-12-2009, 02:26 AM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

It kills the transitions! Seems it must be applyed with care, the fruits looks good. I did it just shrinking the histogram in levels, and I see the same resul, or at least, quite the same...
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:31 AM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

Der-W
Thanks you hit the nail on the head with what I was doing wrong, I had duplicated the layer not the image. Awesome tutorial worked a treat!
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Effectively remove shadow from pict

ineed to remove dark shadows from my pics - anyone know how??
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:12 PM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

what software is best to remove shadows and expose the true picture??
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:57 AM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

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what software is best to remove shadows and expose the true picture??
If you have the RAW Files, which is the best way, open those in Camera RAW or Adobe Lightroom. If you odn't have the RAW Files, the faster way is using Shadows And Highlights (Image/Adjustments/Shadows And Highlights). The other way is enlightening with Levels and masking out what's not needed.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:09 AM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

Comparing the techniques side by side... I choose shadows and highlights as it is like using curves avoiding flatspots and being able to recover contrast and color easily.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:47 AM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

Quamtum3 - flexmanta - thanks - are your suggestions standalone programs or addons? i have pics that have nearly half the face covered with the dark shadow of the bill of a hat. is it possible to remove the dark shadow and render the face under the shadow to a clear natural skin tone and light to match the sunny side of the face?
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:55 AM
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Quamtum3 - flexmanta - thanks - are your suggestions standalone programs or addons? i have pics that have nearly half the face covered with the dark shadow of the bill of a hat. is it possible to remove the dark shadow and render the face under the shadow to a clear natural skin tone and light to match the sunny side of the face?
These solutions comes with Photoshop CS and up for Shadows and Highlights. There are some plugins for this but I personally never found something better than my eye and handwork. Lightroom is an stand alone program and Camera RAW comes with Adobe Photoshop CS and up.

It's possible to remove the shadows from anything, but it may be quite hard and time consuming because these tools deosn't do that.

To completely remove a shadows many advanced techniques are involved, but the most basic is using the clone/heal tools. You have to clone from a source where the skin is good to where you want to remove the shadows. You can also clone/heal in a separated new layer in order to not affect the image permanently by selecting in the tools bar from the pull down menu: Current and below. That way you will be able to clone/heal over a new layer and not over the pixels.
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:30 PM
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

thanks for the good information - my learning curve has a starting point - ill get the photoshop cs and start there. when i get more experience, maybe ill be smart enough to ask better questions. thanks again
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I've got a big problem. I have an image that was produced by our 3D scanner. The subject sits in the center and stereo cameras are placed at 45 degrees either side. Each camera has an internal flash. The problem is that as you will see this produces a very harsh and very nasty hard shadow, especially at either side of the nose. I really need to remove this or at least minimize the effect of this but I honestly don't have a clue as what might be the best way to deal with this. Can anyone help me out or point me to a tutorial that might be able to?

BTW - I can't simply clone from the other side of the face either because the exact same problem exists there as well :-(

I'm a total noob when it comes to retouching, so please be gentle with me ;-)

Thanks heaps.

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I've got a big problem.....

Thanks heaps.

Joe
I think the curves method couple with D&B & some color fix would do the job.
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Effectively remove shadow from pict

PWL ( Paint with light), painting on a new layer in lighten mode, blending with the healing brush tool and selective sharpening.


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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

Chillin and Gary: Thanks for your ideas and advice, that gives me a place to start. I certainly appreciate your help.

Kind Regards,

Joe
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I am getting hung up on the "now click on -- select > load selection (channel - gray , select invert box)" step. Only the "Save Selection" option is available to me. I am using PSE 7 and am very new to using it. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help!
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

I got lost at this part:

now select original picture.

now click on -- select > load selection (channel - gray ,
select invert box)

By "original picture," you mean the one that I duplicated at the beginning?

Where do I "load selection"- on the original, or the duplicate?

And HOW on earth do I load selection anyway? If I "select all" on the original and save it, that's the only way I can find that "load selection" isn't grayed out.... but then when I try to load selection, I get an error that "Warning: No pixels were selected." And what does all that about channels and gray mean anyway??

TIA for any help on this.
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I got lost at this part:

now select original picture.

now click on -- select > load selection (channel - gray ,
select invert box)

By "original picture," you mean the one that I duplicated at the beginning?

yes

Where do I "load selection"- on the original, or the duplicate?

In the menu bar File; Edit; Image; Layer; Select -> Load selection, in the drop down menuw of document select the duplicate, select the background gray , tick invert

And HOW on earth do I load selection anyway? If I "select all" on the original and save it, that's the only way I can find that "load selection" isn't grayed out.... but then when I try to load selection, I get an error that "Warning: No pixels were selected." And what does all that about channels and gray mean anyway??

TIA for any help on this.
That's about it :-)
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

Help please - I've gotten as far as the duplicate layer and then when I go to make it black and white it makes a whole new layer for it... Help, please? Thanks!
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Help please - I've gotten as far as the duplicate layer and then when I go to make it black and white it makes a whole new layer for it... Help, please? Thanks!
Hi there, read the instructions more carefully:

duplicate the picture

NOT THE LAYER :-)
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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

Hi Saikat,

Interesting post.

I did this through the channel panel >picked the most suitable channel made a copy> pressed the selection button got selection>invert> then created empty layer and with selection still active went to edit> fill with gray 50% Colour dodge mode .

Editing: no empty layer needed just on original file.

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Re: [Tutorial] Effectively remove shadow from pict

Ok, I'll try that - thanks
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Dp...........

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