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Fri, 07 October 2005 10:47 Go to next message
MW (Photoshop begginer)
I have some photos I need to adjust the levels on - they are the type
in which the flash filled the foreground of the photo and it is very
light, but the background is dark.

They were taken indoors.

The problem I have is that using levels brings out the background very
nicely, but the foreground, of course, gets blown way to light.

How should I tackle this issues?

Thanks,

-Mike
Fri, 07 October 2005 11:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Harry Limey (Photoshop expert)
"MW" <mrwhat@tesseract.info> wrote in message
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> The problem I have is that using levels brings out the background very
> nicely, but the foreground, of course, gets blown way to light.
>

Using Highlight and shadows in CS might help, or you could try a feathered
selection on the light area, inverse and use the levels (or curves)
adjustment.
There is another way where you could duplicate the layer, adjust the levels
that so that the background is as you want it, then use the history brush
mode set to darken to reinstate the areas which are too light.

Harry
Fri, 07 October 2005 12:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
nomail (Photoshop expert)
MW <mrwhat@tesseract.info> wrote:

> I have some photos I need to adjust the levels on - they are the type
> in which the flash filled the foreground of the photo and it is very
> light, but the background is dark.
>
> They were taken indoors.
>
> The problem I have is that using levels brings out the background very
> nicely, but the foreground, of course, gets blown way to light.
>
> How should I tackle this issues?

Levels is not the most appropriate tool for this, because it gives you
limited control. Shadow/Highlight is much easier and more effective. If
you use an older version of Photoshop that doesn't have this option, try
'Curves' and make a curve that is raised in the left half and lowered in
the right half.


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Fri, 07 October 2005 15:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mike Russell (Photoshop expert)
"MW" <mrwhat@tesseract.info> wrote in message
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>
>
> I have some photos I need to adjust the levels on - they are the type
> in which the flash filled the foreground of the photo and it is very
> light, but the background is dark.
>
> They were taken indoors.
>
> The problem I have is that using levels brings out the background very
> nicely, but the foreground, of course, gets blown way to light.
>
> How should I tackle this issues?

Set up a curve that fixes the foreground, then add a layer mask containing a
gradient that's white at the bottom and black on top. Try converting your
image to Lab mode as well, as this may reduce unwanted color shifts.
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Mike Russell
www.curvemeister.com
Sat, 08 October 2005 18:41 Go to previous message
Tacit[1] (Photoshop expert)
In article <5g2dk1lo95nod8eilvp7mdib20n3r7eu4b@4ax.com>,
MW <mrwhat@tesseract.info> wrote:

> The problem I have is that using levels brings out the background very
> nicely, but the foreground, of course, gets blown way to light.
>
> How should I tackle this issues?

Image->Adjust->Curves.

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