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Anybody out there know a good tutorial on how to clean up harsh shadows in photos using Photoshop?

Quick, easy, and semi-automated would be best.

I've got Photoshop CS1, but should be receiving CS3 real soon now (if the purchasing folks can get me an answer).

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didjiman
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
For the cc photos? Not that I know of....
yourbob
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
From CS2 Help
To adjust the shadows and highlights in an image
Choose Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight.
Make sure the Preview option is selected in the dialog box if you want the image to be updated as you make adjustments.
Adjust the amount of lighting correction by moving the Amount slider or entering a value in the Shadows or Highlights percentage text box. Larger values provide either greater lightening of shadows or greater darkening of highlights. You can adjust both Shadows and Highlights in an image.
For finer control, select Show More Options to make the additional adjustments.
(Optional) Click the Save As Defaults button to save your current settings and make them the default settings for the Shadow/Highlights command. To restore the original default settings, hold down the Shift key while clicking the Save As Defaults button.
Note: You can reuse Shadow/Highlight settings by clicking the Save button to save the current settings to a file and later using the Load button to reload them. For more information on saving and loading settings, see To save and reapply settings in a dialog box.
Click OK.
bovil
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: From CS2 Help
Interesting control, but it's not going to work on these photos.
jadecat9
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Hmm.
There are several different techniques, depending on the image. None are exactly automatable...

1) Duplicate said layer.
Turn opacity to SCREEN.
Mask out everything else but the shadows.

2) Make a copy of the image.
Convert to LAB
Using CURVES layer, change the LIGHTNESS curve to lighten up the shadow.
Flatten.
Duplicate layer back into original

3) Dodge/Burn trick
Make a new layer.
Select Edit > Fill. Select 50% gray. Make the blending mode Overlay
Take White brush, set opacity.
Paint on that new gray layer in the dark areas to lighten up the harsh shadow.
shulamuth
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
I haven't a clue, but Ctein is kind of the reigning expert right now. He can go all kinds 'o technical, but he loves quick and easy, so it there is a way, he'll know.

Officially: http://photo-repair.com/digital_restoration.htm

The book is great. But from you a call or email should get the specific answers fast.
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