Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Reducing contrast with Shadows/Highlights, part of Photoshop CS6: Restoring Photos.
High contrast resulting in a relative lack of detail in the brightest and …darkest areas of an image is somewhat common with older photographs, and that's …especially true when the only source for that image was a print that you had to …scan, as opposed to being able to go back to the original transparency. …Regardless of the reasons, fortunately there's a tool available that can help …you enhance detail in the brightest and darkest areas of a photo. …And that tool is called Highlights Shadows.…
Now the Highlights Shadows adjustment is not available as an Adjustment Layer, so …in order to work non-destructively, we need to make a copy of our background …image layer. To do so, you can simply drag the …thumbnail for the Background Image layer, down to the Create New Layer button. …That's the blank sheet of paper icon, at the bottom of the Layers panel. …Once you release the mouse over that button, you'll have a Background Copy layer. …And this allows us to work on that background copy, without affecting the …
- Choosing your source image
- Adding metadata
- Image restoration strategy
- Working with layers
- Evaluating before and after
- Tonal and color adjustments
- Image cleanup
- Adjusting detail
- Saving the master image
- Creating a print or online version
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. Tonal Adjustments
3. Color Adjustments
4. Targeted Tonal and Color Adjustments
5. Image Cleanup
6. Adjusting Detail
7. Finishing Up the Image
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