Blown highlights: how to rescue blown skies using simple Photoshop effects

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 27/04/2013 00:01am
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    How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography – steps 4-6

    How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 4

    04 Tidy the mask
    Press Ctrl+D to clear the selection and then select the Brush tool. Next, click the Brush Preset picker and choose a hard round brush. Set the Size to 25 pixels before pressing D to set the Foreground colour to black. Click the mask and then spray over any affected areas of the lighthouse.

     

    How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 5

    05 Burn in the lighthouse
    The lighthouse is a bit too flat. To give it some depth, click the Background layer and choose the Burn tool. Set the Range to Midtones, Exposure to 20%, and Size to 150 pixels. Spray on the lighthouse to darken its delicate mid-tones and bring out its three-dimensional shape.

     

    How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 6

    06 Sample the sky
    Choose the Eyedropper from the Tools palette and click a dark patch of moody blue sky in order to sample it. To use the same blue colour that we sampled, click the Foreground colour icon at the bottom of the Tools palette and type in RGB values of 121, 147 and 159. Click OK.

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