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Lighting Your Image

Overexposed background images and underexposed foreground subjects are a common problem for most amateur photographers. Photoshop Elements provides a couple of elegant little tools to help salvage your otherwise perfect compositions. Much like levels, they operate on pixels in specific tonal ranges (either highlights or shadows) while leaving the other tonal ranges alone. Adjust Backlighting darkens and adds detail to washed out background images, while the Fill Flash lightens and adds detail to areas in shadow.

To adjust the backlighting:

1.
From the Enhance menu, choose Adjust Lighting > Adjust Backlighting.

The Adjust Backlighting dialog box appears (Figure 3.32).

Figure 3.32. The Adjust Backlighting dialog box.


2.
In the Adjust Backlighting dialog box, drag the Darker slider to the right until you’re satisfied with the contrast and detail in the background or other brightly lit areas.

3.
Click OK.

The image now reflects your backlighting adjustments (Figure 3.33).

Figure 3.33. The photo on the left suffers from an overexposed background. Applying the Adjust Backlighting command restores the detail of the background, mountains, and sky (right).



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