Removing Shadows in PS

Next topic is Matching Color and/or Removing Shadows using the Info Palette and Curves.

Disclaimer:  I am by no means a PS guru, expert, teacher or anything of the sort.  I’m a student trying to learn the concepts motivated by my Photoshop final next week.  These posts are study aids to get me through this exam.

I love this picture I took of the very handsome John Robinson in Venice, CA.  But he’s too close to the wall casting this ridiculous dark shadow.  My bad!  Here’s the before image:

Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 12.53.44 PM

To remove the shadow and match the wall color I did the following:

  1. Command J to duplicate background layer.
  2. P, Use pen tool to path out shadow. Double click ‘work path’  to name & save the path.  Convert path to selection and feather it.
  3. I, Use Color Sampler Tool (3rd down of Color Picker tool or eye dropper).  In tools options bar of color Sample Tool choose 3×3 average.
  4. Window->Open to open Info palette.
  5. Drop 2 points in shadow and 2 points on non-shadow wall.
  6. Add Curves Adjustment Layer. Make sure Info Palette and Curves adjustment palette are visible.  You will need both.
  7. Take finger icon from curves adjustment palette and put it on point #1. This indicates where it lies on the curve.
  8. Go to Red Channel in the Curves Dialog Box (not channels panel 🙂 ) and change the value to the numerical value in the Info Palette for point #2 by dragging the curve up or down.  You’ll see the values change.
  9. Go to Green Channel in the Curves Dialog Box (not channels panel :-)) and change the value to the numerical value in the Info Palette for point #2 by dragging the curve up or down.  You’ll see the values change.
  10. Go to Blue Channel in the Curves Dialog Box (not channels panel :-)) and change the value to the numerical value in the Info Palette for point #2 by dragging the curve up or down.  You’ll see the values change.
  11. The shadow area should now match the wall, you may need to add a blank layer above the Curves layer and heal and/or clone to do touch ups
  12. Shift, command, option, E merges layers without flattening them. Helpful for a safety layer and do some tidying up with perhaps a bit of delicate cloning.  (Reminder to myself)

Here’s the workspace and file structure:

Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 1.23.29 PM

And after a bit of tidying up the shadow is hardly visible.  🙂

Screen Shot 2016-06-04 at 1.35.21 PM

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