"Need help removing shadows......" Sat 17-Nov-12 06:07 PM by esantos
Hello: A friend asked me to fix some of her son's senior pics. The photog did not do a good job of lighting, and now she wants me to try and fix them. She wants me to remove the shadows under his chin, and on his shirt. My PS CS5 skills are not up to this. Does anyone know how to best "lesson" the shadows on him?
#1. "RE: Need help removing shadows......" In response to Reply # 0
Depends on what she means by "fix." If that means "eliminate" (with extreme prejudice? ) I don't really know how to do that. If you mean "make them less obvious," that's easier. You have LR4, so I'd pop it in and get out the Adjustment brush. Choose Dodge (Lighten) and turn on the Auto Mask feature. Now brush the undesirable shadows and possibly bump up the exposure of the brush a little. Toggle the O option to see what you've brushed.
The thing that I think of when you say this is harsh, hard-edged shadows. I don't know how to fix that in post, although probably someone else around here does. I try really hard never to have harsh shadows captured in the first place, so I don't have much practice fixing that.
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#2. "RE: Need help removing shadows......" In response to Reply # 0 Sun 18-Nov-12 04:02 PM by Antero52
You apparently didn't post a photo for experimenting, so I'll post one of my own. This is a lady I saw in Rome.
And this is her after a touch of negative clarity, local blurring and liquify filter in CS5.
I guess there are a million ways to do this kind of refurbishing work, but the way I work is duplicate the background layer, then overdo the smoothing and retouching on the copy layer. Opacity of the copy layer is adjusted by layer masking such that in generally continuous areas of skin (areas away from edges or details), the opacity is very high (almost pure white painted on layer mask), while over the edges and details the opacity is low (black or near black painted on layer mask) to let the "good" features to show. Over the wrinkles and other blemishes, the opacity of the layer mask is medium (mid-gray painted on layer mask), to let some of the wrinkles to show and give credibility to the job.