How to Adjust Image Lighting in Photoshop Elements 9 - dummies

How to Adjust Image Lighting in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Photoshop Elements has several simple, manual tools you can use to adjust image lighting if the Auto Fix tools don’t produce the desired results. The manual tools offer more control over adjusting overall contrast, as well as bringing out details in shadow, midtones, and highlight areas of your images. Note that all lighting adjustments can be found in both Edit Full and Edit Quick modes.

The Shadows/Highlights command offers a quick and easy method of correcting over- and underexposed areas. This feature works especially well with images shot in bright, overhead light or in light coming from the back (backlit). These images usually suffer from having the subject partially or completely surrounded in shadows.

1In Edit Full or Edit Quick mode, choose Enhance→Adjust Lighting→Shadows/Highlights.

The Shadows/Highlights dialog box opens. Make sure the Preview check box is selected; the default correction is automatically applied in your preview.

2Move the sliders to adjust the amount of correction for your shadows (dark areas), highlights (light areas), and midtones (middle-toned areas), as necessary.

You want to try to reveal more detail in the dark and light areas of your image. If, after you do so, your image still looks like it needs more correction, add or delete contrast in your midtone areas.

3Click OK to apply the adjustment and close the dialog box.

If you want to start over, press Alt (Option on the Mac) and click the Reset button.