No announcement yet.

Flash shadow removal

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Flash shadow removal

    Is there a way to remove the flash shadow on the attached picture or would it be better to blur out the toys in the background. I haven't been sucessful in bluring the background where it looks right. Thanks in advance
    Attached Files

  • #2
    I played with this a little. Dup BG. Pen to select shadow and the rest of right side of pic ( you want good areas included in selection). Copy selection to it's own layer. Lasso(feathered) small section of shadow and move it to 'good' area. Hold down option+command (mac), move 'good area' back to what you want to replace. Also used lasso with stamp, and the patch tool. Changed mode of selection layer to multiply, 50%. BTW, intentionally left toe shadow, I kinda liked it. kiska
    Attached Files


    • #3
      I firstly selected the shadow area and applied a Levels adjustment layer to that to get it as close as possible to the non-shadow areas.

      That didn't hide the problem area altogether, though, so I also copied some areas of carpet over some areas of where the shadow had been, and tweaked the luminosity of the shadow areas of the cushion in the background.

      There's still a trace of the shadow on the cushion, but it's significantly reduced and I don't think it's intrusive.
      Attached Files


      • #4
        Since I posted I realised that I had several other pictures in the same series. I cheated and found one that had the blue pillow in it without the shadow. I used the magic lasso and copied it into a layer and used the clone tool and history brush to do some blending of the carpet and pillow. I am slowly teaching myself through trial and error. Thanks for yalls help it did help in understanding how to do a couple of things.
        Attached Files


        Related Topics


        • Ken45140
          Flash Shadow Removal
          by Ken45140
          I have searched other threads and see various suggestions on shadow removal. None that I looked at had these characteristics. Flash shadow puts a dark shadow area around the subjects head (as shown in the attachment) while at the same time overexposing the facial features.

          In this case,...
          02-03-2006, 04:42 PM
        • fryday
          How to do a realistic shadow
          by fryday
          Hi guys,

          I'm just about finshed with a little photomanipulation i've been working on and i just cant seem to do a good shadow for it. can anyone give me advice on how to ad a realistic and effective shadow to this image.


          04-07-2009, 04:29 AM
        • One4UAll
          Eliminating shadow with underlying detail
          by One4UAll
          There is a shadow just below the two uprights in the door latch, caused by the overhead sun shining on the latch's handle that protrudes directly toward the viewer, so that the depth of handle is flat, but the shadow of it is distracting (I think). I took this photo with the idea of a flat abstract....
          11-06-2007, 04:53 PM
        • guybrush
          Too much shadow!
          by guybrush
          Could someone please offer some advice on what to do with this photo. I have been given the task of taking the shadow out of the left hand side and can't for the life of me figure out how to do it without ruining the entire image...
          Any help would be teriffic. ...
          06-27-2002, 03:51 AM
        • naomiw9
          Shadow removal help?!
          by naomiw9
          Can't figure out how to get the shadow off of the face without making a mess!
          Would anyone be able to help/give some tips?

          Here's the link:-

          07-31-2012, 03:38 PM