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With the release of Photoshop CS6, Adobe introduced the ability to edit video footage. Author Rich Harrington guides you through this brand-new workflow, from building a sequence to working with audio and exporting your video in a variety of high-quality formats. The course also covers how Photoshop's strongest feature, its image enhancement toolset, translates to video, from fixing under- or overexposed footage, performing color balancing, and adding vibrance and contrast to special effects, such as converting to black and white and using Smart Filters to soften skin.
If video footage lacks contrast, it's easy to see in the Histogram panel. You'll have gaps in the highs and lows, where the blacks and whites should be. This particular shot definitely suffers from this, and you'll notice a large gap here in the shadows and the highlights where the histogram doesn't even really start to rise until we reach the midtones. Making sure that shot is selected, I'm going to go ahead and toss on a Curves adjustment. I can now use the On Image tool to pull down on a shadowy area, and as I start to pull down, it's going to put that more towards black. That does a nice job of increasing the contrast there, and you see the histogram has slid to the left.
With the same On Image tool, I'll click on something that should be a highlight and begin to lift a little, and you see, in doing so, the highlights are pushed back out to the right. You could of course click on the curve itself to adjust it, and lower or raise the output values. Toggling the visibility off and on, you see we definitely have expanded the dynamic range of that clip, putting proper contrast back into the black and white areas.
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