Friday, March 27, 2009
From Flat To Fab
How basic Photoshop CS4 enhancements can save a shot
3 Next, I clicked “Open Image” to open my now much-improved shot in Photoshop CS4. I wanted to tone down the highlights and open the shadows even more, so I decided to use the Shadows/Highlights adjustment. But wait! Shadows/Highlights isn’t available as an adjustment layer, and we all know using adjustment layers, which is nondestructive image editing, is the way to go. So what to do? No problem!
3a You can use Shadows/Highlights as you would an adjustment layer and layer mask by following this technique: In the Layers panel, right-click on your background layer to get a menu that includes the option Convert to Smart Object. When you do that, and go to Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights and make your adjustment, you’ll see what looks like your old layer-mask friend below your image in the Layers panel. Just as you’d do with a layer mask, use black as the foreground color and a brush to mask out (hide) the effect where you don’t want it by painting on those areas, and white as the foreground color to mask in (reveal) the effect, if you need to refine the mask. (For a detailed explanation of masking technique, go to pcphotomag.com and search for “Layer Masks.”)
When I sharpen an image, I always zoom in on the most important part of the image in the Unsharp Mask dialog box.
Finally, speaking of an adventure, here’s what Marco Polo had to say on the subject: “An adventure is misery and discomfort, relived in the safety of reminiscence.”
Rick Sammon is the author of 31 books, some of which he has written on ships, when he was feeling better than he did on his Antarctica adventure. Check out his work at www.ricksammon.com.
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