Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Improving shadows and highlights, part of Photoshop Elements 11 Essential Training: 2 Editing & Retouching Photos.
Photos often look their best if they have detail in the highlights and in the shadow areas.…But if you're shooting outside on a bright day, or if you're shooting a backlit…subject, you'll sometimes get a photo that doesn't have the detail that you want…in both the shadow and the highlight areas.…In that case, there is a Shadows/Highlights command in the Expert Edit workspace…that can really help you out.…Before I apply that command, I'm going to make a duplicate of the background…layer, the layer that contains the photo,…because this is a direct adjustment, meaning that it will change the pixels of…the layer on which I run it.…
So for more flexibility I'll duplicate this layer by right-clicking on it in the…Layers Panel and choosing Duplicate Layer and then clicking OK.…I'll leave the Background copy layer selected and then I'll run the command…by coming up to the Enhance menu and down to Adjust Lighting and over to…Shadows/Highlights.…The Shadows/Highlights dialog has three sliders and their titles are…
- Arranging the panels and interface
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Creating new layers
- Refining selections
- Hiding content with a layer mask
- Using adjustment layers
- Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
- Converting a color photo to black and white
- Creating a panorama from multiple photos
- Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
- Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Skill Level Beginner
1. Expert Edit Basics
2. Working with Layers
3. Using Selections and Masks
4. Correcting Photos
5. Using Photomerge
7. Processing in Camera Raw
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