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Photoshop Trick
Old 11-17-2004, 08:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If you open a photo and then hit CTRL AND ALT AND the ~ (tilde) key, you will see the marching ants showing a selection on your photo.

If you hold down CTRL and "J" (on a pc) it will copy the selection to a new layer.

What you have selected and copied are just the highlights of the photo.

Then go to Image--Adjustments--Brightness and you can turn the highlights up or down on the photo. Once you get them close, you can use the Opacity Fader on the Layers Pallete, to make minor tweaks to the effect, or toggle the eyeball icon on or off on the top layer to compare.

Merge back down to a single layer.

Simpe, quick, very effective.

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Re: Photoshop Trick
Old 11-17-2004, 10:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's a great tip. I use it a lot....

Here's a fun one I have used to save more than one overly dark image...

Open the image.
Duplicate the layer.
Change the Blending Mode to "Screen"
Duplicate the new "screened" layer as necessary until you get the brightness you like...

Also try using a Gaussian Blur on the "screened" layer for a soft "glamour" appearance...

Hope you fine this usefull..
 
 
Re: Photoshop Trick
Old 11-17-2004, 11:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a slight modification to that technique I use. Change to the channel layers, select just the red channel, ctrl-click the red channel. The highlights are selected only. The difference between this method and yours is the red channel holds more of the highlights than if you use all 3 channels.

These variations away from modifying the entire image achieve much better results. This image has this technique applied to it.

 
 
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Old 11-17-2004, 11:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's pretty handy.. Thanks for sharing...


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Re: Photoshop Trick
Old 11-18-2004, 03:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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theres another way to do this one, not much different but if u invert the dup layer you end up lighting the higlights only, or something like that...


duplicate layer
layer mask>reveal all
apply image (make sure invert is checked)
blending mode to screen

almost the same but just thought i'd share-might make a difference for someone. my examples not too great, cause it actually looks better just screened, but on some photos where the background is already where you want it i think this could be helpful. just think of it as something else to do when you're bored [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]


 
 
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Old 11-18-2004, 09:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks!

That's one thing you can say for Photoshop, you can accomplish the same effect a million different ways... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Thanks again..
 
 
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Old 02-06-2005, 06:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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if the tilde key is for highlights, which key highlights the shadows?
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Re: Photoshop Trick
Old 02-07-2005, 02:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I think you can just invert the selection. So CTRL+ALT+~ and then Shift+CTRL+I on the PC. Hope that is what you are looking for.

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