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Introducing Shadows/Highlights

From: Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Introducing Shadows/Highlights

In this movie I'm going to introduce you to the Shadows/Highlights filter. We first saw it back in Chapter 7 of the fundamentals course, but in these next couple of movies I'm going to give you a much better sense of how the filter works. Now if you take a look at the final version of the image here, you'll see that there are only three filters assigned to the Smart Object, they're High Pass, Gaussian Blur, and Shadows/Highlights. Notice that Lens Correction is missing and that's because I needed to apply this Filter Mask, but the Filter Mask could not effect the Lens Correction filter, because if it did, we would burrow our way down to the distorted image, which wouldn't work at all. Which means what we need to do is put our current Smart Object inside of another Smart Object, so that it is not affected by this Filter Mask, and here's how that works.

Introducing Shadows/Highlights

In this movie I'm going to introduce you to the Shadows/Highlights filter. We first saw it back in Chapter 7 of the fundamentals course, but in these next couple of movies I'm going to give you a much better sense of how the filter works. Now if you take a look at the final version of the image here, you'll see that there are only three filters assigned to the Smart Object, they're High Pass, Gaussian Blur, and Shadows/Highlights. Notice that Lens Correction is missing and that's because I needed to apply this Filter Mask, but the Filter Mask could not effect the Lens Correction filter, because if it did, we would burrow our way down to the distorted image, which wouldn't work at all. Which means what we need to do is put our current Smart Object inside of another Smart Object, so that it is not affected by this Filter Mask, and here's how that works.

I'll go ahead and switch back to my image in progress, and with the dude layer selected go up to the Layers panel flyout menu and choose Convert to Smart Object or press Ctrl+Comma(,), Cmd+Comma(,) on the Mac and you'll see that you've put the old Smart Object into a new Smart Object, because after all the filter list as well as the filter mask have disappeared. All right, now let's go up to the Image menu and choose Adjustments, and you'll see that Shadows/Highlights is available to you, because even though it's listed as a color adjustment, it actually functions as a filter, because it's looking for edges inside of an image much like the Sharpening filters and Gaussian blur and the other edge filters inside the software.

If you loaded dekeKeys, I've given you a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+H or Cmd+Opt+H on the Mac and that goes ahead and brings up the Shadows/Highlights dialog box. Now the idea behind this filter is pretty darn simple, initially. The Shadows value allows you to brighten up the Shadows and the Highlights value allows you to darken the highlights. By default you get a ton of shadow brightening and no highlight darkening at all. That's exactly the opposite of what we want. Our shadows were bright enough in first place. So I'm going to take that Shadows value down to say about 10%, until we get this effect right here.

And if you want to get a sense for the effect of the filter, you can turn the Preview checkbox off in order to see the original shadows in the image, and then turn that checkbox back on, in order to see the brighter shadows. We really need this Highlights value. So I'm going to press Shift+Up Arrow in order to incrementally take those highlights down. And you can see by the time we get into the 80% range for example he looks like he's been either slapped around or of course he has horrible sunburn. Neither of which are the least bit indicative of that original photo.

So I'm going to take this value down, let's say to 45% where this image is concerned. Now you might say that looks pretty bad, after all if I turn the Preview checkbox off, you'll see that he looks brighter, more natural color is going on inside of his face as well. If I turn that Preview checkbox on, well, we have a lot more potentially volumetric detail going on inside the highlights. We also have this sunburn effect which is not something that we want at all. Also we've got a fair amount of haloing. I'm going to click inside that Amount value and then Ctrl+Spacebar+Click, Cmd+Spacebar+Click along the horizon right there and you can see this bounce of highlight above the horizon, a little bit of extra darkening being applied below the horizon as well, and that's because this is an Edge filter.

It is drawing halos around the image, and those halos can become awfully darn noticeable in certain areas, notice these halos that are appearing around his collar into the flesh of his neck as well. And we're enhancing some of the bad stuff inside the image, such as the posterization along the shadows inside of his neck. And that's all happening because of those halos. The problem is we have no control over those halos by default where Shadows/Highlights are concerned. We need control, which is why you have the Show More Options checkbox, and I'm going to show you what that control looks like inside the next movie.

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 30m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 19s
    2. Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 5s
    3. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 4s
    4. Adjusting a few general preferences
      4m 3s
    5. Using the visual HUD color picker
      2m 2s
    6. The interface and performance settings
      5m 31s
    7. Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
      7m 0s
  2. 47m 0s
    1. Smart Objects
      1m 36s
    2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
      3m 6s
    3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
      4m 11s
    4. Transforming and warping a vector object
      4m 48s
    5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
      3m 10s
    6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
      4m 57s
    7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      3m 20s
    8. Creating "true clones"
      3m 50s
    9. Duplicating a group of clones
      2m 53s
    10. Breaking the Smart Object link
      2m 53s
    11. Styling and blending Smart Objects
      2m 44s
    12. Editing originals; updating clones
      3m 41s
    13. Removing people from a scene with Median
      5m 51s
  3. 29m 59s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      4m 39s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      3m 54s
    4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
      4m 19s
    5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
      3m 29s
    7. Sharpening on top of blur
      2m 47s
    8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
      2m 53s
    9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
      3m 38s
  4. 49m 10s
    1. Using Curves
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      7m 36s
    3. Adding and editing points on a curve
      6m 27s
    4. Winning Curves tips and tricks
      8m 12s
    5. Correcting a challenging image
      6m 33s
    6. Selecting and darkening highlights
      4m 39s
    7. Neutralizing colors and smoothing transitions
      6m 6s
    8. The new automatic Curves function
      6m 57s
  5. 1h 31m
    1. Camera Raw
      2m 11s
    2. Opening and editing multiple images
      8m 1s
    3. Correcting white balance
      4m 8s
    4. The revamped Exposure controls
      8m 8s
    5. Working with archival images
      7m 54s
    6. The Spot Removal and Graduated Filter tools
      6m 4s
    7. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 23s
    8. Tone Curves (and why you don't need them)
      5m 57s
    9. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
      5m 17s
    10. Applying manual lens corrections
      5m 14s
    11. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
      6m 49s
    12. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
      6m 36s
    13. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
      6m 36s
    14. Camera Raw Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    15. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
      4m 24s
  6. 32m 30s
    1. Duotones
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Noise vs. Details
      1m 28s
    2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 29s
    3. Correcting a noisy photo
      5m 33s
    4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
      5m 50s
    5. Protecting details with an edge mask
      4m 52s
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      3m 35s
    7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
      3m 45s
    8. Brushing away blur and sharpening
      6m 42s
    9. Creating texture by adding noise
      5m 28s
    10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
      7m 8s
    11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
      8m 10s
    12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
      6m 47s
  8. 44m 30s
    1. Blur Gallery
      1m 36s
    2. Creating depth-of-field effects in post
      5m 29s
    3. Modifying your Field Blur settings
      4m 57s
    4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
      6m 15s
    5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
      3m 52s
    6. Using the Selection Bleed option
      7m 29s
    7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
      6m 59s
    8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
      4m 35s
    9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
      3m 18s
  9. 1h 34m
    1. Blend Modes
      1m 16s
    2. Using the Dissolve mode
      9m 47s
    3. Multiply and the darken modes
      8m 30s
    4. Screen and the lighten modes
      8m 10s
    5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
      6m 38s
    6. Blending inside blend modes
      6m 55s
    7. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 53s
    8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
      9m 7s
    9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      5m 5s
    10. Capturing the differences between images
      4m 18s
    11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      4m 45s
    12. Blend mode shortcuts
      6m 21s
    13. The Fill Opacity Eight
      8m 57s
    14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
      8m 8s
  10. 44m 20s
    1. Color Range
      1m 14s
    2. Introducing the Color Range command
      7m 24s
    3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
      5m 49s
    4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
      7m 4s
    5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
      4m 24s
    6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
      5m 39s
    7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
      8m 5s
    8. Turning a layer into a knockout
      4m 41s
  11. 59m 43s
    1. Refine Edges
      1m 28s
    2. Laying down a base layer mask
      6m 49s
    3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
      7m 57s
    4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
      4m 42s
    5. Using the Refine Radius tool
      7m 31s
    6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
      3m 37s
    7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
      10m 58s
    8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
      10m 37s
    9. Bolstering and integrating hair
      6m 4s
  12. 1h 18m
    1. The Pen tool
      1m 50s
    2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
      6m 45s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
      6m 57s
    4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
      6m 10s
    5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
      5m 27s
    6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
      5m 36s
    7. Customizing a geometric shape
      5m 53s
    8. How to position points and control handles
      7m 7s
    9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      8m 7s
    10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
      5m 21s
    11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
      6m 21s
    12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
      6m 8s
    13. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 43s

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