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In this installment of the Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials series, author and teacher Chris Orwig guides photographers through the process of improving images with creative color, sharpening, and other effects in the Lightroom Develop module. The course covers each of the tools and features in the Develop module, and shows how to perform basic adjustments, such as exposure enhancement; how to improve image quality through noise reduction and clarity adjustments; how to apply creative effects, such as split toning and vignettes; and how to perform advanced tasks, such as correcting for lens distortion. Exercise files are included with the course.
All right, now that we've worked on the eyes, let's also work on this highlight. Look at how we can diminish this highlight here. So we currently have an adjustment brush adjustment selected, or visible. If you press the H key, you can see the pin for this adjustment brush. I want to exit out of that one, so I'm going to click on the Adjustment brush once and then click on it again to create a new adjustment. This time I want to focus in on exposure and also highlights. So, from the Effect pulldown menu, I'm going to select Highlights and next I'm going to decrease the highlights here, and then I'm also going to decrease the exposure just a little tiny bit.
In regards to my brush, I want to have a little bit of a bigger brush, so I'll go ahead and increase that brush size. And then I'm going to decrease my flow, so that I can really kind of paint this in a little bit. I'm just going to paint over this area of the image. And the challenge whenever you're working with a highlight is that you want the highlight removal or diminishing to be uniform. Press the H key to hide that pin, because that's a little bit distracting for me. And again just make my way through here, painting back and forth on this highlight.
Next we want to probably decrease the Highlight amount a little bit more. So I'll go ahead and go back to my control over here on the right and decrease that. I'm going to take that down maybe ten points more, or perhaps even more than that. Okay, well that's already looking a lot better over in this area. And again, just a little bit more painting. Because we have a low flow on our brushstroke, we can take this out little bit of time, also a little bit over here on the face, and then a touch more on the nose there.
All right! Well, let's take a look at how this is so far. It's not perfect, but it's getting there. We'll go ahead and flip the switch and when we do that, that allows us to see the before. There is that highlight without any adjustment. Flip it again and you'll be able to see it after. What you see is that it just takes that down; it darkens that up. Now we may need to do something with this, like add a little bit of yellow into it or a little bit of a tint, because as you change the density of an area, it changes the color, right? So we may have to subtly modify that. And we'll just go through there.
I'm going to look to decrease the exposure a little bit more. This is risky, because the exposure, well, it's a really strong control, so you want to be careful not to go too far with that. And I think really that's looking okay. Let's take a look. Pay attention to the nose there. There's our before; now here is our after. The only challenge for me with this is it looks a little bit muddy, this particular adjustment. So I want to be careful to try to add the right amount of color, so it's not really kind of black, but it feels like the same skin color.
I think we're right in the range regards to this. Let's zoom out a little bit. Here I'll go ahead and zoom out a 1:4 ratio. So I want to see some of the other surrounding areas of brightness. As I do that, I may find a couple areas that are going to be worth hitting, just to bring down these highlights. And you want to bring down the surrounding highlights, because it has to consistently really fit into the entire image. So here I'm just painting some brushstrokes around those other areas, and then if we flip the switch, we'll be able to see those adjustments as we're trying to kind of make this fit into the rest of the image. Because we don't want it to completely stand out and be like this strange part of the photograph.
Well, we can look at the eyes and also some of those different shadow areas. You know, when I look at the before and after, it's pretty subtle and not over the top. So that's a wrap.
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