Balancing light ranks among the most essential tools for any photographer. But while a lot of Photoshop users head straight to the Curves adjustment tool for balancing tones in post-production.
To achieve the cleanest and easiest results, follow these easy instructions:
- Make a duplicate layer.
- Head up to Image, scroll down to Adjustments, and choose Shadows/Highlights.
- The menu won’t look very large—click “Show more options” to expand it.
- Simply opening up this tool will automatically create adjustments, so drag the sliders under “Shadows” (that’s Amount, Tone and Radius) down to zero.
- Keep the radius low, but play with the tone and amount until you can see details in the shadows. Don’t bother adjusting the highlights unless you have to—the fewer edits you make, the better.
That’s all there is to it. If you find that, while you’re gaining visibility in the newly lit areas, you’re also losing color there, you can raise the color slider at the bottom by a bit, until you see some more hues in the former shadows.
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