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In this movie, I'll show you how to brighten up some of the shadow detail, using another application of levels. I'm going to start by closing the properties panel. And note this awning here. It's a little bit dark. I'd like to breathe some light into it. And you often hear people call this, opening up the shadows. And in order to pull that off with the highest degree of control you need to go ahead and select those shadows first. Now you can try using one of the selection tools we discussed back in chapter nine but there's a command that we haven't seen so far that gives you greater control.
Its located under the select menu and its called the color arrange command. Go ahead and select that command and notice that you've got this little eye dropper here. It works a lot like the magic wand tool it allows you to specify key color. And I'd like you to click just at some dark area, underneath this awning here. And what we're seeing inside of the color range dialog box is a kind of preview of the selection. Anything that's appearing light will be selected. And anything that's appearing black will not be selected. I want to increase the range of this selection.
So I'm going to go ahead and take this fuzziness value up to 150, and that'll give us this soft glow of a selection, as you can see right there inside the preview. Then I'll go head and clock OK in order to generate a selection outline. Now if your working along with me, drop back down to the bottom of the layers panel. And click on the black wide icon and once again choose the levels command. And that will generate an adjustment layer and automatically convert the selection outline to a layer mask. So that we're only effecting that formally selected region.
And now, I'm going to go ahead and drag this white point value way down like so, so I can just get a sense for the integrity of my selection and whether it's going to hold up well and it's looking pretty good. Obviously, my correction is for being so far so I'll go ahead and take that white point value All the way back to 255 and next I'll click inside the gamma value and press Shift Up Arrow three times and then I'll nudge said value up by pressing the Up Arrow key a few times to 135. And then finally I'll Shift Tab back to the black point value.
And I'll press shift up arrow again in order to recapture some of those blacks. All right, and now I'll close the properties panel and I'll go ahead and click on this little update panel here inside the histogram panel. You can see that we do have a little bit of black clipping going on over here in the left hand side, a little bit of white clipping as well on the right hand side. But, the image itself is looking great and the histogram in general looks to be in good shape as well. Just to give you a sense for how this compares to the auto-correction, I've got it open here. So this is what we got with auto levels, which looks pretty darn great I have to say.
And this is the even better correction that we were able to pull off manually using a couple of custom applications of the levels command.
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