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Chapter 8. Modern Problems: Dealing with... > Fixing Underexposed Photos the Easy ... - Pg. 219

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: If the photo still isn't properly exposed, just press Command-J(PC: Control-J) and duplicate this Screen layer until the exposure looks about right (this may take a few layers, but don't be shy about it-- keep copying layers until it looks right). Step Four: There's a good chance that at some point your photo will still look a bit underexposed, meaning you duplicated the layer again, but now it looks overex- posed. What you need is "half a layer." (Half as much lightening.) Here's what to do: Lower the Opacity of your top layer to "dial in" the perfect amount of light, giving you something between the full intensity of the layer (at 100%) and no layer at all (at 0%). For half the intensity, try 50% (did I really even have to say that? Didn't think so). Once the photo looks properly exposed, choose Flatten Image from the Layers palette's flyout menu. TIP: To fix an overexposed photo, try this same technique, but instead of using Screen (in Step 2), choose Multiply instead. Before After (using multiple Screen blend mode layers) Dealing with Image Problems Chapter 8 219