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Whenever you add an adjustment layer while a selection is active, Photoshop automatically adds the adjustment layer above the active layer and masks the adjustment so it only affects the area you have selected. You can alter that mask by clicking it in the Layers palette and painting with an appropriately sized brush tip. Painting in a mask with white reveals areas, while painting with black hides them.

Match the tone balance with a Color Balance adjustment layer. Click the fourth button at the bottom of the Layers palette to add an adjustment layer, and choose Color Balance. Specify whether to alter the tone balance for Shadows, Midtones, or Highlights at the bottom of the dialog box that appears, and then drag the sliders above to the left or right depending on how you want to alter the balance of color. Then, click OK.

Match the contrast with a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. Click the fourth button at the bottom of the Layers palette to add an adjustment layer, and choose Brightness/Contrast. Drag the sliders to alter the contrast and brightness independently of each other, and then click OK.

• Match the black and white levels with a Levels adjustment layer. Click the fourth button at the bottom of the Layers palette to add an adjustment layer, and choose Levels. By default, Photoshop adjusts all channels at once. To edit the levels for a single channel, first select the channel from the menu at the top of the Levels dialog box. Click the Auto button to allow Photoshop to automatically clip the black and white points in the image, eliminating any extreme darks or lights and creating a more balanced set of values. Alternatively, drag the Input Levels sliders to manually adjust the existing black, neutral, and white points, or use the Output Levels sliders to manually specify new shadow and highlight values. Click OK.

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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