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

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

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography – steps 10-12

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 10

10 Select the rocks
Choose the Freehand selection tool from the Tools palette. Set Feather to 40 to give the selection a soft edge. This will help blend the edited pixels with their unedited neighbours when we change the contrast. Draw a selection around the flat foreground rocks as shown above.

 

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 11

11 Adjust the mid-tone contrast
Select Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Shadows/Highlights. Now set Lighten Shadows to 18% and Midtone Contrast to 100%. This contrast change reveals more of the rocky texture. Next, click OK to apply the tonal changes, before pressing Ctrl+D to clear the selection.

 

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 12

12 Reveal delicate textures
The contrast of the ocean is a little flat as
well. To bring out the sea’s textures, select the area with the Magnetic lasso and add a Levels adjustment layer. Set the black slider to 39 to darken the shadows, and set the white slider to 216 to brighten the crashing foam.

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