17th November 2003, 05:19 PM
Anyway to reduce or remove washout
I notice that a few photos that I took had washout faces due to flashes and wondering if there is anyway to digitally reduce or remove that.
Thanks in advance
17th November 2003, 05:22 PM
Adobe Elements 2.0 should be able to...
I unistalled it after 1 day. So didn't get to use it much.
17th November 2003, 06:46 PM
You can correct it by doing the following:
Originally Posted by ongsw
1. Duplicate the layer.
2. Change the blend mode of the duplicated layer to multiply.
3. Repeat the above 2 steps till you are satified.
4. If after duplicating a layer and if it is too strong, you can always adjust the opacity until the desired level is acheived.
Hope this helps.
18th November 2003, 06:18 PM
In digital photos, once you overexpose a subject and "blow the highlights", it is impossible to recover any detail since the blown out area all show maximum pixel intensity values.
If the area affected is small, eg flash reflected off someone's nose or forehead, it may be possible to "clone" out the area using Photoshop.
19th November 2003, 08:51 AM
Try the above method, it can bring back some of the detail.
Originally Posted by linse
20th November 2003, 04:41 PM
One question : why do you do this instead of doing a Levels or Curves adjustment ?
Originally Posted by coke21
Levels or Curves can adjust the brightness directly.
20th November 2003, 04:47 PM
There are actually alot of other ways to do what you desire. PS is that powerful. The reason why I do that is becos sometimes, adjusting levels and curves can change the colour compostion that I want to retain.
Originally Posted by darkavgr
Similarly, adjusting brightness and contrast can control brightness also rite?
I use layers because in the instances that a portrait is washed out, doing the layers and changing the blending mode can actually bring out the details of the face which was "blown out" by the flash.
Guess its a matter of preference and how you want to PS your shot...
20th November 2003, 04:57 PM
Photoshop CS has a new feature that could recover details in shadowed and highlighted areas. You can do this either in the Simple or Advanced modes where you have more control over how much details to recover.
Very useful feature to have I must say.
20th November 2003, 06:10 PM
You can switch to LAB mode, where the lumininance and colors are on different channels. DON'T adjust brightness and contrast; it does not have a fine enough control.
Originally Posted by coke21
What tomcat said ^^^ is also doable. It is actually very powerful and takes much shorter effort to achieve what you wanted. Very useful feature!
20th November 2003, 06:29 PM
More than one way to skin a cat ? ...
Originally Posted by tomcat
can't resist this one after seeing your pics...
20th November 2003, 09:17 PM
21st November 2003, 09:06 AM
Thanks for the suggetion. Will try it the next time when I get "washed out" faces...
Originally Posted by Watcher