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Adjusting Tonality

The range of lightness and darkness in an image is often critical to its appearance. If the whites aren't bright enough, they look gray. If the brighter parts of the image are too bright, the highlights are “blown out” and lack detail. Likewise, if too many pixels are too dark, you get muddy, detail-less shadows. Photoshop offers quite a few tools for correcting the brightness of an image. You'll find several powerful tools in the Image, Adjustments menu. Adjusting the tones of an image is often referred to as remapping.

Remember that you can use the menu command Edit, Fade immediately after applying a tonal adjustment. The Fade command can lessen the impact of the adjustment and apply a blending mode.


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