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Opening Up Shadow Areas That Are Too Dark

If you have a problem with your photo, there’s a pretty good chance it’s in the shadow areas. Either you shot the photo with the light source behind the subject, or the lighting in the room put part of the subject in the shadows, or…well…you just messed up (hey, it happens). Luckily, you can open up just the shadows by moving one simple slider. Of course, you have to know where to look.

Step One

Open the photo that needs to have its shadow areas opened up to reveal detail that was “lost in the shadows.”

Step Two

Go under the Enhance menu, under Adjust Lighting, and choose Shadows/Highlights. When the dialog appears, it already assumes you have a shadow problem (sadly, most people do but never admit it), so it automatically opens up the shadow areas in your document by 50% (you’ll see that the Lighten Shadows slider is at 50% by default [0% is no lightening of the shadows]). If you want to open the shadow areas even more, drag the Lighten Shadows slider to the right. If the shadows appear to be opened too much with the default 50% increase, drag the slider to the left to a setting below 50%. When the shadows look right, click OK. Your repair is complete.

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