Shadow help

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by peterparker, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. peterparker


    Jun 2, 2006
    I need some opinions on best way to lighten up the shadow in this image. My PP is usually limited to Lightroom and/or Aperture. I've played with dodging in Photoshop and it worked fairly well. Just wondering what is generally done. Vignetting or BW can sidestep the issue, but I'd like to try without. Thank you!

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  2. KrysiaG

    KrysiaG Guest

    Did you try doing a shadow/highlight adjustment in photoshop?
  3. peterparker


    Jun 2, 2006
    Yes, but it needs to be selective for the portion in the lower left. It looks obviously edited because of the difference in the area adjusted and the unadjusted area next to it.
  4. Make a selection in PS. Use the shadow tool to scale it down.

    Works great.
  5. peterparker


    Jun 2, 2006
    Yes it does. But then I have a line at the edge of the selection because of the difference in luminance.
  6. Muonic


    Jun 14, 2006

    Try the selection brush tool, and lower the hardness down to about 10%.

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  7. Peano


    Jun 22, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    Try painting on a blank layer set in soft light mode. Select the arm and work just with that. Then select the sweater and skirt below the arm and work with that.

    Paint mostly with white (soft brush, 10-20% brush opacity), and also some light skin tones on the arm. You'll most likely need to paint on two or three such layers to remove all of the shadow (since soft light makes pretty subtle changes) -- but it can be done fairly quickly.



    Apr 30, 2005
    Just my 2 cents.....

    1) - Shadows/highlight - remove harsh shadows throughout image
    2) - dodge/burn of shadows/mid tones/highlights
    3) - selective color brushing to even out tones
    4) - clone tool to clean up stray branches
    5) - sponge saturation



  9. Terri French

    Terri French

    May 5, 2005
    These are great. I've got a lot to learn!
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