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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
Here, we have another example of a very contrasty or high-dynamic-range image. This image was exposed to make sure that the highlights kept their detail, but in doing so, some of the shadow areas are just too dark. In order to correct that, we are going to use a combination of the Blacks slider and the Shadows slider. But before we start moving the slider, let's go ahead and make sure that we have our Shadow Clipping Warning turned on. As soon as I toggle that on, we can see all of these dark areas have this blue overlay on top of them.
I want to try to get rid of that blue overlay, because that means that I'm clipping those areas to pure black, and I would like to see detail in those areas instead. I'll begin with the Blacks slider and start moving it to the right in order to try to reveal some detail or set my black point a little bit lighter. That did correct for some of it, but I'm also going to use my Shadows slider, again, pulling that to the right, in order to reveal detail in those shadow areas.
Let's go ahead and pull it all the way to the right. And if you noticed, you can see the change that I've made in the histogram. Let me reset the shadows by double-clicking on it. So there is before and then as we move it to the right, watch all of this information starts moving to the right of the histogram. And when it moves to the right of the histogram, of course, it gets lighter and so now we are able to see the detail that was in that shadow area. One of the things that might happen as you move your Shadows slider to the right is that you will see an increase of noise in those dark areas.
So, let's go ahead and zoom in to 100% and then I'll use the spacebar in order to scoot down so that we can see some of these shadow areas. You can see, for example, in the boat here, especially in the lighter areas, we are picking up a lot of noise. One of the great combinations of tools that you can use is the Shadows slider in combination with the Noise Reduction in the Detail panel. Noise Reduction is going to be covered in more depth in another video, but let me show you what happens when I start moving over the Luminance slider.
As we can see, the noise, all that digital artifacting, is slowly going away. We can still see a little bit of color artifacting, so I can also move the Color slider over in order to hide that. You definitely have to zoom in to 100% while you're making these changes, because if we are in any other zoom percentage, we are not going to see an accurate preview of anything, actually, that we do in the Detail slider.
So, let's move over to our presets and tap the P key to see a before and after. You'll notice that by just using that Blacks slider and the Shadows slider, we are really able to see or reveal a lot more information in those dark areas of the image.
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