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Fixing Exposure and Color With Levels

Apr 30

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Before and After

Today I’ll edit Dylan’s photo from start to finish. See the best ways to tackle under and over exposed areas without desaturating an image, as well as add in color for added effect and stylizing your photos. Levels are a great tool for working only in your highlight and/or shadows.

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For a chance to have your photo edited from start to finish this week please send us your submissions, and a brief description of what you would like done to it, HERE

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This Week’s Facebook Contest

Email an unedited JPEG photo of at least 5 megapixels to [email protected] for a chance to win. We will upload all the submissions into an album on our Facebook page so you can see everyone else’s submissions. The image with THE MOST LIKES will win.

Monday, May 7th, 11PM CDT: Submissions due
Tuesday, May 8th: Album uploaded to Facebook. Start voting!
Tuesday, May 15th 9AM CST: Voting closes and winner is chosen
Friday, May 18th: Phlearn Pro available for purchase!

The winner’s photo will be professionally edited and retouched by Aaron, and it will be available for download as a Phlearn Pro released May 18.

See all of the requirements and information on the facebook page.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see your entries


  • Jon

    How do you get your photoshop ui such a dark color? I can’t find out how to do that in CS5?

  • Jason Hermosa

    It’s a CS6 feature. 

  • Vitaliy Piltser

    the way you created those light rays just blew my mind! 

  • Dylan Strickland

    This is awesome! I love your treatment of that photo. I’ve also been doing light rays entirely wrong… although the moment you showed it, I was slapping myself in the head wondering how I missed that.

    This is seriously my favorite site online, now.  That image with the model on fire came straight out of your textures tutorial.

  • Maria Dolgopolova

    Great episode! These light rays are really amazing! Couldn’t even imagine that they can be created like this!

  • Karl Filip Karlsson

    You are amazing! :D  

  • Jenna Petrone

    This is an awesome episode! I took some mental notes for future editing! : )

  • Piotr Romiszowski

    fabulous episode …  !

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You can quickly see the color of the Split toning in Lightroom by holding down alt or option and click the HUE you want to see.