bonnie - - ChiTownMom 8:19pm, 25 May 2009
I would love help in trying to figure out how to remove shadows from her face. Guessing once I can modify the light on her face, I can add more color to the overall shot, correct? Any additional thoughts are also greatly appreciated - thank you!

Geoff in Worthing, UK 9 years ago
Shadows and highlights are a normal thing you're going to get in bright sunlight, as this appears to be.
There are a few things you can do....
1. Duplicate the background and then work only on that dupe.
2. With the Lasso Selection tool, select the face and the shadow underneath it (on the shirt)
3. Add about 40-50 pixels of 'Feathering' (Select > Feather)
4. Go to Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Shadows and Hightlights - the default setting may give you all the lightening you need but try a few positions with the sliders.
5. Go to Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Brightness/Contrast - give a little more brightness, a little less contrast.
6. You could well have all you need now, so you could just Deselect.
7. If you feel you need more light, make a new blank layer and go to Edit > Fill Layer and choose 50% Gray. Set that layer to Soft Light and then paint in the picture, with a soft brush at low opacity, with Black to darken any areas and White to brighten them. Just don't over-do this step.
8. If happy, flatten layers.
bonnie - - ChiTownMom Posted 9 years ago. Edited by bonnie - - ChiTownMom (member) 9 years ago
Thank you Geoff! I'm not a pro but do appreciate your feedback! It still needs lots of work (even for a non-pro) but the lighting looks better.

Geoff in Worthing, UK 9 years ago
That's good.... it's easy to overdo it and that looks realistic.
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