Making Over Specular Highlights/ Increasing Overall Brightness

Learning to recognize and deal with a specular highlight is an important makeover skill. The following steps walk you through a particularly good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) example.

1 Open the Kooteney_Hotel_ GS.tif image.

Notice that this image (again, available for download from this book's Web site) is dark for the most part — the only exception being the line of lights spaced along the front of the motel, which in this case happens to be a very light shade.

2 Choose ImageoDuplicate to make a duplicate copy.

As always, work only with duplicates; save your original as is.

3 Choose WindowoInfo.

Doing so calls up the Info palette.

4 Choose the Eyedropper tool from the toolbox and set its sample size to 3 by 3 Average in the Eyedropper tool's Options bar.

Ready for sampling!

5 Position the Eyedropper tool over the middle of one of the lights and note that the K value = 0 percent.

This indicates that there is no data in this bright area — which pretty much defines what we mean when we say an image has a specular highlight.

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