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Old August 12th, 2007, 05:45 PM
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removing shadow from face

HI, I am really new to digital photography and editing photos with software. So when you say certain terms to me like layers, and different tools, I have no idea what they are and how to use them!

I have a picture with a really bad shadow on a face and I was wondering if there was a way to remove the shadow or make it less noticeable?

here is a link of the picture, the shadow is on the girl on the left, very noticeable on her face.

http://auctionboutique.com/usersdirs/11267/100b3720.jpg

oh yes, I have photoshop elements 4.0

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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:23 PM
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I am not an expert by any means but by using the clone tool you can repair that problem. I am sure there are other ways, but I did a little work with just the clone tool to show what can be done. I have also did
a little clone work on the pretty girl (woman) to the right. At my age, every female is a girl to me. I am sure others more knowledgable than I will be able to help. BillandCat
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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:25 PM
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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:43 PM
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Hi Lisa,

There are probably several methods that would work to help reduce or remove the shadow from the left subject's face, but if you don't understand the tools and how to use them, it's probably not a good project for you to start with.

Here's a quick try I did. It's not an easy thing to do.



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Old August 13th, 2007, 08:14 AM
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HI, I am really new to digital photography and editing photos with software. So when you say certain terms to me like layers, and different tools, I have no idea what they are and how to use them!

I have a picture with a really bad shadow on a face and I was wondering if there was a way to remove the shadow or make it less noticeable?
Hi Lisa,

First of all, welcome to the friendliest spot on the Internet. It is your one stop shop for all things Photoshop Elements (PSE). As Diana pointed out, face shadow is not an easy starting project for one who is new to PSE. I do, however, have a few suggestions.

1/ If you can retake the picture set your camera up for fill-flash. That is used for taking pictures in full sun light and forcing the camera to flash even though there is plenty of light. The fill-flash will remove the harsh shadows. Look in your camera's instruction manual. If you cannot find it there (sometimes called fill in flash), post your camera's name and model number and I will look it up.

2/ If #1 is not an option, buy a good book on PSE and read up on the dodge and burn tools. You might work through the book in order, leaving these tools alone until you have a better command of PSE as a whole.

3/ Learn how to use an Adjustment Layer. This technique is a tad more difficult than dodge and burn, but you have more artistic control.

If you want to plow right in and learn how to use options 2 or 3, just post right back here and I, or someone else will take you through it step by step. We are a very friendly bunch and will go over any technique and stay with it no matter how long it takes. Welcome to our community.

Cheers,

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Hi Lisa ...

Just take a look in the Subscriber area>Videos ... then scroll down to the 8th July 2006 and you will see two Videos:

Shadow Removal Part 1 and Shadow Removal Part 2 ...

They will help you

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I had this problem the other day and some forum members helped me out. One method that helped me was to use the laso tool to select the shadowed areas, then use levels to brighten them up
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Does the 'fill flash' apply when shooting raw?
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Hi, newest member here.

I am trying to remove the shadows from my father in laws face, but am having a hard time doing it. I read this thread and someone mentioned that there were videos to doing it.
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Hi Lisa ...

Just take a look in the Subscriber area>Videos ... then scroll down to the 8th July 2006 and you will see two Videos:

Shadow Removal Part 1 and Shadow Removal Part 2 ...

They will help you

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Where can I find them?
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