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Making subtle exposure improvements with multiple adjustments

From: Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 8 Intermediate

Video: Making subtle exposure improvements with multiple adjustments

In this movie, I want to take a look at a few techniques that we can use in order to improve exposure. Well let's start by working on this photograph here. This one was captured, in natural and available light, and because of that, notice that there are some areas, some highlights and some shadows that I want to reduce, or diminish. To do that, let's work with the adjustment brush. Click on the adjustment brush icon. Then, what I want to work on first are the shadows. So, I'll click and drag to brighten up those shadows. And I'll go ahead and bring those up to about 40, and we'll scroll down to our brush characteristics here. We'll decrease the brush size.

Making subtle exposure improvements with multiple adjustments

In this movie, I want to take a look at a few techniques that we can use in order to improve exposure. Well let's start by working on this photograph here. This one was captured, in natural and available light, and because of that, notice that there are some areas, some highlights and some shadows that I want to reduce, or diminish. To do that, let's work with the adjustment brush. Click on the adjustment brush icon. Then, what I want to work on first are the shadows. So, I'll click and drag to brighten up those shadows. And I'll go ahead and bring those up to about 40, and we'll scroll down to our brush characteristics here. We'll decrease the brush size.

Keep the feather amount pretty high, but we'll bring down the flow. By having a low flow amount, it will allow us just to start to paint over the image in some pretty broad ways. Here, as I start to paint, we can see the first pin there is right on his chin. It's a little bit distracting, so we can get rid of that by pressing the V key. The V key allows us to toggle the visibility of that on and off. Again, all I'm looking to do here is just to brighten up some of these shadows These are pretty subtle adjustments so far, here's before and then here's after. Well after having made one adjustment I also want to make another. Yet rather than clicking on the New button, what you can do to create another adjustment is to select the type of adjustment you want to work on, say for example, shadows.

Perhaps we want to work on these smaller shadows here. We'll just click on this icon in order to create a new adjustment. Notice it created a new adjustment brush for us, and also it can apply this at a new amount. Then I'll decrease the brush size, and as I decrease my brush size, notice that I can't quite get a smallest enough brush. Notice that it turns into crosshairs. What we need to do is zoom in on the image. So press Cmd+Plus on a Mac or Ctrl+Plus on Windows. Now the brush shows up, and now I can start to work on these areas. So sometimes you can change your brush size, so to speak, by zooming in on the photograph.

It actually doesn't change the size, it just changes that zoom rate so that you can then paint in the adjustment that you want to work on. In this case I'm just working on a few little shadows here. All I'm trying to do here is just diminish some of these shadows. Tap the right bracket key to make this a little bit bigger, and again I'm going for a natural and subtle look. So these aren't too over the top. Next I want to work on the highlights. So rather than clicking on the new button I'll click on the minus icon for highlights and click and drag this to the left. This will allow me to create a new adjustment which will sort of allow us to bring down the brightness of those highlights.

Looks like I need to take that even further and paint a few more times over these highlights just to diminish the brightness of a few of those. Also paint over the jacket a little bit here, bring in some more detail. Again some shuttle adjustments but nonetheless some helpful improvements, let's press the V key to hide all those pins and click on the preview check box before and here is after ,and with this image really what I wanted to highlight how we could make shuttle adjustments. And also how we could start to stack up multiple adjustments in order to build up the effect.

Sometimes, that's what you'll want to to do in order get into specific areas, especially when it comes to exposure. Also, keep in mind when you're working on exposure, it's helpful to work with the really soft-edged brush, and to work with a really low flow amount you can subtlety paint in all of those adjustments. Alright, now that we've finished up our work on this image we'll go ahead and continue our conversation about working with exposure and correcting exposure in the next movie.

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  1. 6m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. What's new (CC 2014)
      1m 6s
    4. Previews in CC versus CC 2014
      1m 44s
    5. Previews in CC versus CC 2014 (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 55s
  2. 27m 47s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      2m 23s
    2. Customizing the Adjustment Brush characteristics
      4m 24s
    3. Correcting exposures with multiple adjustments
      4m 55s
    4. Making selective adjustments with Auto Mask
      5m 15s
    5. Using Auto Mask to remove color
      3m 31s
    6. A workflow for improving exposure
      3m 30s
    7. Duplicating Adjustment Brush settings (CC 2014)
      3m 49s
  3. 28m 38s
    1. Making subtle exposure improvements with multiple adjustments
      3m 18s
    2. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      6m 1s
    3. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 15s
    4. Whitening teeth
      4m 37s
    5. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 31s
    6. Making colors come alive
      6m 56s
  4. 15m 51s
    1. Correcting an overexposed sky (CC 2014)
      2m 38s
    2. Modifying adjustments with the brush tools (CC 2014)
      4m 25s
    3. Using multiple adjustments (CC 2014)
      4m 13s
    4. Creative color and effects (CC 2014)
      4m 35s
  5. 22m 42s
    1. Introducing the Radial filter (CC 2014)
      4m 48s
    2. Creating a vignette effect (CC 2014)
      5m 20s
    3. Improving exposure and adding blur (CC 2014)
      3m 45s
    4. Duplicating and brushing in Radial filter effects (CC 2014)
      5m 13s
    5. (CC 2014)Radial filter workflow tips
      3m 36s
  6. 29m 22s
    1. Retouching skin blemishes
      4m 51s
    2. Removing dust spots in the sky on multiple photos
      4m 17s
    3. Retouching spots, lines, and other details
      4m 45s
    4. Working on a large area of your photograph
      1m 27s
    5. Using a lower opacity to reduce distractions
      3m 26s
    6. Removing distracting background elements
      2m 49s
    7. Using cloning and healing together for the best results
      2m 56s
    8. Removing red-eye
      1m 28s
    9. Better spot removal with feathering (CC 2014.1) NEW
      3m 23s
  7. 31m 31s
    1. Learning about the Parametric and Point Tone curves
      4m 13s
    2. Improving your photographs with curves
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Parametric curve to create a unique look
      2m 52s
    4. Using the Point curve to correct exposure
      3m 58s
    5. Creating a sepia-tone look and saving presets
      6m 44s
    6. Making color come alive with the Point curve
      3m 36s
    7. Crafting a vintage film look
      4m 46s
  8. 17m 38s
    1. Introducing HSL
      4m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 33s
    4. Making color changes
      4m 28s
    5. Removing colors with HSL
      2m 23s
  9. 12m 39s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 13s
    2. Split toning a color photograph
      4m 59s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      4m 27s
  10. 25m 54s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with the lens profile
      3m 54s
    2. Working with the manual lens correction controls
      4m 6s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      2m 48s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      2m 54s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      2m 28s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      4m 17s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      5m 27s
  11. 23m 4s
    1. Introducing the Grain effects controls
      3m 25s
    2. Introducing post-crop vignetting
      6m 44s
    3. Adding grain to a color photograph
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Effect controls on a black-and-white photo
      3m 10s
    5. Advanced effects blending with Photoshop
      5m 10s
  12. 7m 6s
    1. Creating and applying presets
      2m 54s
    2. Applying Camera Raw presets in Bridge
      1m 43s
    3. Camera Raw presets and resources
      2m 29s
  13. 17m 22s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      3m 29s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      4m 13s
    3. Recording a Camera Raw action in Photoshop
      3m 51s
    4. Creating and using a Camera Raw Smart Filter action
      3m 34s
    5. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 15s
  14. 13m 30s
    1. Creating unique color with Curves
      2m 25s
    2. Combining numerous adjustments to generate creative results
      6m 7s
    3. Using Curves and Camera Calibration to create a unique look
      4m 58s
  15. 11m 55s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 46s
    2. Changing color with Camera Calibration
      2m 21s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 20s
    4. Camera calibration resources
      2m 28s
  16. 5m 37s
    1. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    2. Additional resources
      1m 18s

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