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    Aug 2006

    Masking software

    Hi All - I am working on a couple of projects (both B/W) for clients that will require some "heavy lifting" to bring out some shadow details. One is primarily music/club photography, the other is a photjournalist's archive. Is there software to enhance shadow detail, or an action in PS that would accomplish this? I am getting reasonable results now, but would like to see more in the shadows. Thanks.
    r.j. phil
    N.E. Large Format Photography Collective

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    Oct 2015

    Re: Masking software

    Have you looked into luminosity masking?

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    Fond du Lac, WI, USA

    Re: Masking software

    Make a duplicate of the background layer. Run the shadows/highlights filter on that layer. Change the setting to 0 highlight, 0 shadow. The defaults are way too strong most of the time. Now bump the shadow value up 1 point at a time until you get where you want. Apply the filter. Use a layer mask to paint in the effect,a luminosity mask, blendIF limit the effect to areas where you want it.
    “You often feel tired, not because you've done too much, but because you've done too little of what sparks a light in you.”
    ― Alexander Den Heijer, Nothing You Don't Already Know

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