3-layer corrected portrait exposure

In this video tutorial it will teach you to fix the exposure issues in portraits employing just three layers or, I’d say, just two layers. This tutorial assumes that there is an image in your collection that is currently on the wrong side of overexposure, and requires enhancement so that you learn more from the darker part of the photo. In addition, you’ll be taught how to maintain your background and brighten portraits while learning how to focus on skin tones and restore colors within a matter of minutes. So let’s begin!



Step 1: Download the sample Image

The image sample is taken by Unsplash like always you can download the image and follow my instructions. The photo is overexposed and both of the skin tone of the subject appear more dark. We can however extract information from shadows and correct the exposure.

Prior to doing that first, we need to open the image within Photoshop through the option the File menu and then Open.

It is evident that I have opened the photo within Photoshop:

Step 2 – Overexposed Parts

Like I mentioned, certain skin areas aren’t exposed, like the face, arms, ears and neck. The hair, clothes and clothing of the subject fall into this same group. We’ll be trying to lighten their appearance, so it’s is worth mentioning that.

The background also appears slightly darker and certain parts of it may be affected, but we’ll endeavor to limit the effects on the background so that we can maintain it in place.

Step 3: Recovery of Shadows Information

We’ll remove the shadows of our subjects to reveal the certain details that were lost due to an imbalanced exposure. For this, select layer > new adjustment layer Curves to build Curves Adjustment. Curves Adjustment.

You can see that I’ve added a line within the area of the shadow since I would like to focus on only shadows of our models. It is possible to add an object by pressing it, and after that lift the line for more exposure to the shadows.

When you pull the line, skin cells begin to show up, however there’s a lot more to enhance the condition.

Step 4 – Target Shadows

Reducing the exposure of an image is about focusing on shadows to extract all possible information from it. It was already a matter of targeting shadows during the first stage, but it wasn’t very exact, however we can employ Blend-IF to get more precise in this case.

Right-click the Curves Layer and choose the Blending Option.

When you enter the Blend Dialog Box There are two sliders, black and white on the bottom. The white slider will be split and then drag it to the left (or toward shadows) so that we can limit the impact of Curves to shadows only on the photo.

In the layer section that lies beneath In the Layer Section Underlying, divide the white slider by holding the ALT key down and then clicking and drag the white slider towards the left side to split it. When you’ve divide the white slider move its one-half to the left, thereby keeping the effects of Curves that only affect shadows. Then, you can experiment using the sliders until you achieve a good equilibrium.

These are the findings thus far:

5. Use the Adobe Camera Raw Filter To Find An Exposure That Is Balanced

The Adobe Camera Raw Filter helps to balance the brightness of an image. Since it can not only increase shadows, you can also reduce the super white background highlights. This is a great tool on its own and can be a wonderful method to correct the lighting of any photo.

Before making use of it, make the merged layer for the layers you have created with the help of the CTRL key + Shift button + ALTER + E. Be sure that you convert the layer to “Smart objects”.

The settings are as follows: you will notice that I have raised the the exposure by +0.15. I reduced the highlights to the level of -63 to reduce the brightness of my background. I then raised the Shadows by +28 to get more details from that.

After that, I utilized Luminace, a component of HSL Adjustments The term “Luminance” is basically brightness and increases or reduces the brightness of the colors. Skin tones are classified under the Reds and oranges. I therefore intensified the brightness or luminence of these two hues to increase the brightness on my subject’s skin tones.

It is possible to play with these sliders should you would like to. Additionally, you should note that you don’t have to copy and paste these settings because they won’t be applicable to all images.

It is evident improvement in the quality of your photos before and after applying Adobe the Camera Raw filter:

Step 6 – Bring Back Colors

If the hue of the image is faded, you are able to restore it with the help of vibrance Adjustment Layer. The picture appears a little towards the extreme of decolorization however I would like some color on my background as well as all over the place, but I do not want to alter skin tones too much.

I picked I chose the adjustment due to the fact that it does be able to not significantly alter skin tone and will also add more saturation to the photo.

Click on the Layer tab, New Adjustment Layer Vibrance and boost the intensity. Avoid using the Saturation slider because it can impact skin tones, something are not what we want.

Here are the final results of my research:

I hope you enjoy this process that uses 3 layers that bring balance and lighting to your photos. If you found the video helpful, please share the tutorial and leave a comment in the comments section down below. Continue to Photoshop!

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