How to Fix OverExposed Image Quick

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    • #185426
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      Here is an image that is obviously over exposed. In fact, it is one panel of a 6 panel HDR panorama. This is the +1EV shot

      Over Exposed

      To fix this duplicate the background layer (Ctrl-j) Change the blend mode of the added layer to multiply and it will give you this:

      With Multiply

      That is not bad for what amounts to 2 clicks.

    • #185427
      Albirder
      Participant

      i like it! Who needs a Photoshop E-book?

    • #185431
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      Investigating blend modes in PS can be rewarding. Thanks @albirder.

    • #185441
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Never tried this one @nikon-nut – something to file away in the memory banks! Not a shabby correction at all!

      I usually hit the ‘Auto’ tone button in LR if my exposure is obviously out and then I manually adjust from there.

    • #185451
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Never thought of this @nikon-nut. Layers are so useful and this will come in handy sometime. Thanks for posting.

      Maybe when Rob @admin gets the time and starts adding forums he might consider a Post Processing Tips one.

    • #185545
      StefB
      Participant

      I used to only use duplicated layers, blending modes and luminosity masks to edit photos (i’m not so strict now anymore) and agree you learn a lot and go about anywhere with that. Good you pointed this out.

    • #185562
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Cool tip, @nikon-nut, I’ve really got to start using photoshop …. you make it sound pretty easy, when you know how! I usually do the same as @tobiepsg, in LR.

    • #185569
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      Hi @tersha I have only been using PS for about a year. I signed up for the $24 per month deal they started with (I think it was 24). Now it is only $10 even I can afford that. I see that there are plenty of tutorials, presets etc now for LR. I took PS because if you had something you wanted to do and did not know how you could search for it and have all you need right there. LR is becoming that way. I use layers extensively and I do not think LR has that ability.

      • #185624
        Tobie
        Moderator

        LR does not lend itself towards layers at all @nikon-nut. That’s one of the reasons – as fantastic as LR is – why your PP toolbox will never be sufficient without PS.

    • #185626
      MoonSong
      Participant

      Fantastic tip! Thanks much.

    • #186722
      treader286
      Participant

      Hi @nikon-nut and @tersha – first thanks for that little tip. There are all kinds of great free tut’s about photoshop out there, and if you haven’t discovered them yet, check out actions. They are like lisp routines in autocad, or scripts that preform a series of tasks as a batch for you. There are all kinds of really interesting ones out there and free too. You can run them automatically and let the action do its thing or do the steps one click at a time and adjust to your liking as you go. You can also customize one to your own liking and save it as another action. Google photoshop actions.

    • #186777
      Arthur
      Participant

      Just to add a little more control. You can lower the opacity of the multiply layer if the result is too strong.

    • #187275
      Sylvain
      Participant

      Here we go learning again!

      Great shot by the way!

    • #188458
      kgrunt
      Participant

      This is always a great way to reduce exposure exactly one stop with, as you say, 2 clicks. Use screen blending on an underexposed image to get one stop that way. As Arthur said, always an easy fine-tune as well. Love all the tips here.

    • #191702
      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Very nice tip!

    • #191741
      Bugz
      Participant

      Wish I had that functionality in the ‘free version’ of Picasa I’m running. Closest I can come to this function is to add “shadow”. I think I’ll have to buy Adobe. Would anybody recommend any version less than CS2? I may not be up to (or need) the Pro version.

      • #191789
        Tobie
        Moderator

        @bugz if you can afford it, use Adobe’s $9.99pm option for CC6. It implies that you stay up to date with the latest versions of both LR and PS – no need to buy anything else thereafter, unless you want to get fancy. They integrate perfectly (you could edit a shot in LR, then select an option to edit it in PS, after which PS automatically saves the edited version back into LR – without overwriting the LR version – from where you then create your .jpg. That’s what I do…).

    • #191797
      Albirder
      Participant

      The learning curve for both pieces of software is significant. Always start with LightRoom. @lburgess has recommended a free basic tutorial course on Lightroom. That post is in general chitchat. I struggled with Lightroom in the beginning because I could not get my head wrapped around the fact that it was a database with all that that meant. Once you learn it though, it is easy and fast. As far as Photoshop goes, I learn it on a need to know basis. I want to use the content aware tool? I get an Adobe tutorial find out how to do it, do it and then forget it! LP. (Lazy Photographer)

    • #312630
      Jasonwili
      Participant

      Thanks  for nice tip

    • #329996
      Horatio Hadley
      Participant

      John, would you please re-insert the example photographs?  Thank you.

    • #330126
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      Horatio I no longer have those photos as a result of a system crash.  You can try it with any over-exposed image though.  A further comment: Once you apply the “Multiply” layer you can add a layer mask and “Paint” the effect with various numbers of opacity in different areas.

      • #330137
        Tobie
        Moderator

        I no longer have those photos as a result of a system crash

        A good reason to use flickr… 😉

    • #330730
      Horatio Hadley
      Participant

      Thank you so very much.  I will try your suggestion.  Basically, I am a pre-beginner at Lightroom and Photoshop.  Usually, I only crop.  But I am trying to practice and expand into these post-processing venues.

      System crashes are one reason I use the Time Capsule.  It makes an exact copy of your computer and if your system crashes, you just create a new computer from the latest Time Capsule back-up.  It is an Apple product, but works well with any manufacturer’s computer.

    • #390702
      Roger Wehage
      Participant

      Back when Christ was in diapers I used to use Photoshop, but it has turned into an albatross. Now I’m learning Luminar and Affinity Photo. They don’t do everything Photoshop does, but they do many of them much slicker. Even Snapseed is fun.

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