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Oct 08, 2008 21:51 |  #1

This is a completely unaltered picture I took during an engagement session. The outdoor lighting was awful, and I got this huge shadow on her face. Any ideas how to get rid of it? The couple would like to order a copy if I can get rid of or at least greatly lessen this shadow on her face.


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Oct 08, 2008 22:20 |  #2

Used a screen layer with a mask to lighten the shadow on her face. Adjusted the brightness and contrast on the shadow part with a layer mask. Added a layer and painted over some of the blown out parts of her face.


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Oct 08, 2008 23:11 |  #3

In principle, the above edit works - those steps will get you the results you want, but the implementation is the hard part. The trick is not to brighten the shadows, but to brighten the shadows realistically. What the above edit fails to take into consideration is that there is still a shadow under her right cheek. That shadow identifies the light source as "above right" to the subject, but the new brightness on her other cheek says the light source is to the left of the subject.

When you do this, it is very important that you do not introduce conflicting lighting cues like this. The steps that hawkeye60 describe are correct, but the when you use them, make sure that you are not so tunnel-visioned on the shadow that you fail to consider the whole shot.

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Oct 08, 2008 23:27 as a reply to  @ hawkeye60's post |  #4

What software are you using?

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Oct 08, 2008 23:44 |  #5

Sorry, I should've mentioned that... CS3.


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Oct 09, 2008 05:37 as a reply to  @ jlrichmond76's post |  #6

see if think will help you
http://www.dpchallenge​.com/tutorial.php?TUTO​RIAL_ID=55 (external link)


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Oct 09, 2008 09:17 |  #7

There's no easy fix for this. It would take someone who is very experienced even several hours to get right in photoshop. A much simpler solution for next time is to simply use flash.




  
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Oct 09, 2008 14:05 |  #8

... or have the girl move her head a bit.


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Oct 14, 2008 15:14 |  #9

hawkeye60 wrote in post #6463544 (external link)
Used a screen layer with a mask to lighten the shadow on her face. Adjusted the brightness and contrast on the shadow part with a layer mask. Added a layer and painted over some of the blown out parts of her face.

Could you elaborate this little more detailed? or atleast some tutorial similar to this.


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Oct 14, 2008 15:40 |  #10

Duplicate layer
set the blending mode of the top layer to "screen"
Add a layer mask (black) to hide all.
Use a white brush to "paint" in the shadows by brushing on the mask with white.


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