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Chapter 8. Modern Problems: Dealing with... > Compensating for “Too Much Flash” - Pg. 215

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: Press Command-J (PC: Control-J) to dupli- cate this Multiply layer again. This does a nice job of bringing back more detail and balancing the tone in her face, but now her hair and the background behind her head are a little too dark. Here's how to deal with that: Click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. Step Four: Press the letter X to toggle your Foreground color to black, press B to get the Brush tool, and in the Options Bar, click on the Brush thumbnail and choose a soft-edged brush from the Brush Picker. Start painting over her hair and the background behind her head. As you paint, it will reveal the lighter version of her hair from the layer beneath it. You might want to lighten up her shirt as well. When you're done, the amount of flash is properly balanced. Note: If you make a mistake while you're painting, you can press X to switch your Foreground color to white, paint over those areas, and they'll return to how they looked before you started painting--that's the beauty of layer masks. Before After Dealing with Image Problems Chapter 8 215