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Apr 15, 2014

Amazing Trick to Recover Shadow Detail in Photoshop

How to Recover Shadow Detail

It can be hard to capture detail in both the shadows and highlights of an image because the dynamic range of most cameras is too small. A lot of the time the dark areas of your images will come out looking black.

In this episode we show you an amazing trick to recover shadow detail in photoshop without disturbing the highlights.

Shadow / Highlight

You will learn how to use the Shadow / Highlight tool to recover detail in your shadows as well as correct overexposed highlights.

Bonus: Add a Light Flare

As a bonus we show you how to add a light flare to this image. It is a simple trick that will give your images some style. We start by choosing the Gradient Tool and selecting “Radial Gradient” and “Foreground to Transparent” in the Gradient Editor. After choosing a color from our image we apply a large gradient in the corner to create the glow.

After creating the glow use a layer mask and “Apply Image” to blend the glow into the image and make it appear more natural.

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    jt

    Wowww!!! I never knew about these features!! Great job with the photo. I’ll definitely be using these features now on.

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    Ryan Galea

    Can you please create a DAVID URBANKE style colour technique? His style is amazing :)

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    karen1

    This was great! I’ve been watching you non-stop for the past ten days since seeing you on Creativelive, and your tutorials have really helped me go ahead with my photoshop. I took this yesterday of my daughter looking back into the light. Any help to improve it would be great in my other work. Thanks again for all your great work.

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    Guest

    Guys, how can I make this picture better? It’s supposed be a bloody beach enlightened by moonlight. But I feel like something is missing…

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    Tom Sproule

    Fantastic. I like Instagram, easy way to take some simple photos, jazz them up a bit and share them with friends and family.

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    Marten

    Hi, great video! Nice result but such a simple adjustment. But I was wondering why you used the source layer as a rasterized layer and didn’t make a Smart Object out of it. For Non-destructive results I mean..

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    Angelo Perete

    Awesome, Aaron. Have you ever made a video on HDR Toning in Photoshop? Right now, it doesn’t seem that clear to me.

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    Dave Rentauskas

    Another great tutorial! I’ve not used the apply image when doing lighting effects like that, but it really make a nice difference.

    I almost always do a little shadow lift as you mentioned to slightly bring up the shadows HOWEVER, I do it on a smart object layer so you can re-adjust and fade the effect :)