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An excellent tool that's been inside of Aperture for a while to help us identify areas where we may be losing shadow detail or highlight detail is the Show Hot and Cold Areas. You get to that up under the View menu and right here, Highlight Hot & Cold Areas, and we are just going to turn that on. What you get, essentially, is the red. That is the areas where you are losing highlight detail and then the blue, these are areas where you are losing shadow detail.
So, that means if I were to make a print right now, these areas will show paper white, and then these areas will have no detail whatsoever. You can fix that easily using Aperture's tools. For instance, let's tackle the highlight areas first. We could just go here to the Recovery slider in the Exposure brick and just move that, and you can just move that until that goes away. I never feel the need to get rid of absolutely every little bit of specular highlight because sometimes things are just pure white.
But I do want to cut down the big areas, such as we did here. In terms of fixing these areas right here, where we were blocked up in the shadows, I will just go down to Highlight and Shadows. Move my Shadow slider until I'm happy with the results. I don't want to compromise the rest of the image just to get rid of those few little areas of plugged up shadows, but just maybe just open them up a bit. Then when I am all done, all I have to do is go back to View, turn off Highlight Hot & Cold Areas.
I could use a keyboard command if I wanted to just quickly turn it off and on. Either way, it's up to you, but it's a very handy tool when you are making those finishing Exposure adjustments.
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