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01/17/2015 02:10:38 PM · #1
Due to some careless use of unmodified flash, i now have an image with a very harsh shadow in a place where i didn't expect it. Black shadow over white surface. Any tips on how to soften the edge a bit in a quick and dirty manner? Advanced editing rules apply :-)
01/17/2015 02:13:51 PM · #2
Dodge the edges, set to Shadow and a small percentage and lighten it to have a more gradual transition. You can also mask the areas not in shadow if necessary.

Message edited by author 2015-01-17 14:16:42.
01/17/2015 02:17:21 PM · #3
Jenn answered this pretty well

Originally posted by vawendy:

So, Jenn -- how did you even out the shadow on her face? I can't ever seem to do that so seamlessly.

from sjhuls:

The best way I have found is to just use the clone tool at 25-50% opacity. Just work really slowly, using different sizes of brushes depending on the size. Also taking a little from the light and a little from the dark right on the edge. If you do a spot and it doesn't look right just back up and try again. I feels kind of like painting to me (like actual paining on canvas)but just using the clone tool as your brush.

I sometimes have luck with the healing brush tool. Use it like the clone tool where you select an area. It sort of does the blending for you and I don't always like the results. Healing brush is great for somethings, like pimples and uneven skin tone, but it has its limits with blending.
01/17/2015 02:54:43 PM · #4
Originally posted by damjanev:

Due to some careless use of unmodified flash, i now have an image with a very harsh shadow in a place where i didn't expect it. Black shadow over white surface. Any tips on how to soften the edge a bit in a quick and dirty manner? Advanced editing rules apply :-)

If it is just a flash shadow on a white wall I'd try this: make a selection overlapping the boundary, create a Curves adjustment layer using the selection as a mask. Edit the MASK to apply a gradient blend. Duplicate the affected area and paste it back into the selection as a new layer. Apply gaussian blur to the duplicate. Use the Curves layer to blend the shadow tones.
01/17/2015 03:21:55 PM · #5
Duplicate later. Blur. Reduce opacity and mask away.
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