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How to use shadow highlight to get impressive results

Create a boost in your images, intense colors, and a more sculptural look.

You can use this effect in almost any image as a starting point, it is up to you to decide when to use it, but a 90% of your images can benefit from this effect.

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to use the shadow/highlght effect (it is really under adjustments, I don’t know why it is there) to create a boost in your images, intense colors, and a more sculptural look.

You can use this effect in almost any image as a starting point, it is up to you to decide when to use it, but a 90% of your images can benefit from this effect.

 

Step 1 Duplicate layer

 

Step 2 Open Shadow/Highlights

Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights

 

Clic on the more options (this is a filter where you want all the options)

 

Step 3 Shadows

Because this is a bright image we want the amount to be 10%. The smallest the percent the shadows will be darker

We want to set the radius to 100px to avoid halos in the horizon and around the subject.

Step 4 Highlights

We want to boost the colors and darken the details, so we use a 50% highlight.

 

To avoid halos we set the Radius 200px.

 

Step 5 Adjustments

This is where magic begins

In this image we don’t want to have to much saturated colors so we set the color correction to 0

We set the midtone contrast to 60.  This really gets a striking effect in the picture. Take it to taste until you feel comfortable.

If you compare both images you notice that the first one looks more washout and plain.

Before

 

The result is a much more sculptural and intense effect. A lot of things happening in the sky and the model skin.

After

 

You can use the shadow/highlight in almost every picture to boost the image.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 Tutorials

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Javier Cantero

I'm a graphic/web designer, entrepreneur and the founder of Designer Freelance. I hope we can share lots of information and ideas. You can follow me on Twitter @designerfree

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2 Comments to How to use shadow highlight to get impressive results

  1. [...] How to use shadow highlight to get impressive results [...]

  2. How to use shadow highlight to get impressive results | Design News on January 19th, 2012
  3. You got a nice result here. Thanks for the tutorial. I decided to share your post. :)

  4. web2feeds on January 19th, 2012

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