Repairing Highlights

In this example, I used the Color Picker to set the foreground color to the brightest areas on the top of the wall When I then chose Select > Color Range, the dialog automatically selected the pixels matching the foreground color I then clicked OK, and added a mask to the Multiply layer This mask was automatically limited to my selection f an image contains obtrusive hot spots or blown highlights, you can quickly restore detail or make the highlights less obvious by applying the Multiply blending mode to a copy of the image layer. This mode multiplies the brightness values and darkens the entire image. The trick is to find ways of quickly restricting its effect to just the areas you want to repair. Here is one way to do it, by painting on a mask, but look closely at the other examples on this page where the Color Range dialog and Photoshop's Blend If feature are used.

This was a Raw image file and the best overall conversion left a hot spot on the man's forehead So I made a second, darker raw conversion and held down Shift as I dragged it on top of the first version to ensure that the two images aligned I then added a black mask and painted with white l In the Layers palette, duplicate the original image layer by dragging the background layer onto the "Create a new layer" icon, or use Ctrl/ Crnd-J

2 Use the pull-down blending mode menu in the Layers palette to change the duplicate layer's blending mode to Multiply (or use the shortcut Alt/Opt-Shift-M) and rename it "Multiply "

3 In the Layers palette, hold down the Alt/Opt key and click the "Add layer mask" icon at the bottom of the Layers palette This adds a black mask to the Multiply layer

4 Check that the mask icon to the left of the thumbnail is showing and that the mask is active Also ensure that the foreground color is white and the background is black

5 Select the Brush tool (B), make sure its edges are soft, and then paint over the image's hot spots

6 If painting with white makes too much of the blend image appear, don't just Undo—use Edit > Fade Brush tool or reduce the Multiply layer's opacity.

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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