Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Sophisticated brightness and contrast, part of Photoshop Elements 10: Quick Fixes.
In many cases, the lighting adjustments we apply to an image can have the most …significant impact on the final result. For this image, I think that's definitely …the case. I had been photographing swirly waves …from up here above, and the light was fading quickly. …And so I ended up with an image that was relatively flat. …Not a lot of contrast. And so I'd like to fine tune the overall contrast. …However, instead of using a simple brightness contrast adjustment, I'm going …to use a levels adjustment, which provides a little bit more control.…
To apply this adjustment, I'll start off by choosing Enhance, Adjust Lighting and …then Levels. This is similar in concept to the Auto …Levels adjustment. The differences here we're able to …exercise greater control over that adjustment. …So, I'll choose Levels from the menu and that will bring up the Levels dialog. …At first glance, this might seem like an especially complicated dialog to work with. …But in fact, there are only three controls we actually have to concern …
- Importing images
- Basic quick fixes in the Organizer
- Opening images in the Editor
- Lighting improvements
- Color improvements
- Removing distractions
- Applying a soft focus effect
- Replacing the sky
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Lighting Improvements
3. Color Improvements
4. Removing Distractions
5. Getting Fancy
6. Closing Thoughts
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