Monday, March 31, 2008
Tame The Contrast Monster
Control the light in your photo with the Shadows/Highlights adjustment
The problem with erasing is that you can't put something back that you've erased except by using the History palette. With a layer mask, you can remove a part of the picture, put it back, remove another part, put that back and so on, as much as you want without any effect on the quality of the image.
Use a layer mask by painting black or white in that mask. The black blocks anything from occurring in that layer. White allows anything in that layer to appear. Think of white as transparent and black as black paint. The layer mask only affects what's in an actual layer, so black or white only affects what that layer can or can't do.
So in the case of a pixelled Shadows/Highlights layer, simply paint black over areas where you don't want this Shadows/Highlights effect to occur or paint white where you do want it to occur. If you start seeing white or black or any other color appear on your picture itself, it means that you're painting on the pixels rather than in the layer mask. You need to click in the layer mask and then continue painting.
No matter how you use the Shadows/Highlights tool, you'll find it to be a helpful and essential tool for the photographer. It will help you get more from your photography.
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