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Here we are going to take a look at how we can darken a bright area of an image in order to enhance the overall exposure. Let's go ahead and zoom in on this portrait, and let's focus in on the face, and in particular, on the forehead. Now one of the things that I notice here is that this part of the forehead is a bit too bright, so let's darken that. Press the K key to select your Adjustment brush, and in the Effect pulldown menu let's you use Exposure. That will create a darkening effect. And then what we want to do is have a nice low flow here, feather a touch smaller there, and then our brush size needs to come down as well.
All right, next step. We are just going to start to paint over this area. And what we have to do is be careful, right? Because what can happen when you darken exposure is that things can become too dark or a little bit black. So I am going to go ahead and just paint around this area, just trying to blend this in nicely. I am going to do so just a little bit around the eyes here just a touch there. And again it looks okay, but let's exaggerate for a second. If decrease my exposure drastically, you can see it's becoming black, so we don't want that. What we can do is we can add a touch of color there.
Go to your color chip, click in the color chip, keep holding down the mouse button, and then drag over and choose a color here. We might choose a yellow or little bit of a skin-tone color, and you can see I have this nice skin-tone color here. I am just going to desaturate that a bit. What this will do is it will make that darkening effect a little bit more like the color I am trying to darken, versus something else. Well now that I have a touch of color in, I am going to go ahead and just paint a little bit more of this in in these areas, maybe also a little bit underneath the eyes there. And it's a subtle effect. Take a look. Here is before.
Here is after, bringing down highlight where we want to just diminish it just a little bit. All right, well so far, so good. We have done that type of a correction. What else could we do here? Well, another thing that we could do is modify our Exposure slider, if we want to a little bit less. Or if we wanted to little bit more there, we could really find a sweet spot. So I find that with almost all people retouching, I make these adjustments. Then I swing them one way, then I swing them another, swing them back and forth till I find that sweet spot. And in this case, I think this subtle little adjustment looks nice.
I don't want it to be exaggerated, but I do want to correct that exposure issue there. All right, well next, let's zoom out. The other thing I would like to do with this image is I would really like to bring out the dimension or the shape. I would like to enhance the muscles. Let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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