Shadow / Highlight tool

If the photo contains both light and dark objects – the tool Shadow/Highlight (Light / Shadows) will help us in the correction. Here is the original photo:

In front of us is the bride against the background of grass and trees, the shadows in the photo seem to have failed, the grass looks dull. To correct this, apply the following steps.
We go to Image>Adjustments>Shadow/Highlight (Image> Correction> Light / Shadows). Click on the box next to  Show More Options (Advanced options), the palette will open hidden functions. We set the following settings:

Let’s digress from the lesson a bit and get acquainted with this palette in more detail.

Shadows section (Shadows)
Amount (Quantity) – the amount of light in the shadows. Regulator movement: more – less.
Total Width (Width of the tone range) – moving the knobs changes the width of the shadow coverage. The higher this parameter, the wider areas of the image will be exposed to the tool.

Radius (Radius) – this function controls the contrast of shadows and the smoothness of their transitions.

Highlight section (Sveta)
Amount (Quantity) – dimming function of light areas.
Total Width (Tone Range Width) is a parameter that determines the range of pixels affected by the command.

Next section  Adjustments (Color correction).
Midtone Contrast (Medium Tone Contrast) – The greater its value, the higher the contrast of the image of the medium hues.
Black clip and White clip (Shading of the shadows, Truncation of the highlights) – parameters that set the maximum values ​​that determine how dark (or light) pixels in the image should be. Increasing this parameter will reduce the dynamic range of the image and reduce the total number of tonal transitions. This option is not recommended to touch, it is better to leave the default values.

Let’s go back to the lesson. Create a duplicate layer. Set the top layer overlay mode. Softlight (Soft light). Then go to Filter >Blur >GausianBlur (Filter Blur Blur according to Gauss) and set the following settings:

Make another copy of the layer and once again apply the Gaussian blur filter, but with the following settings:

Will reduce Opacity (Opacity) 70%.
Here is the result:

But each image requires an individual approach. So feel free to experiment!

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