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Opening up the shadows

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Video: Opening up the shadows

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.

Opening up the shadows

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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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014) NEW
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014) NEW
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014) NEW
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch UPDATED
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool UPDATED
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text UPDATED
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks UPDATED
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks UPDATED
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters UPDATED
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text UPDATED
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs UPDATED
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path UPDATED
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements UPDATED
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014) NEW
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones UPDATED
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes UPDATED
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer UPDATED
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document UPDATED
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web UPDATED
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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