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 13-15

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 13

13 Enhance the obelisk
The distant obelisk is in the centre of the frame, but it could stand out more. Click the Background copy thumbnail and choose the Burn tool from the Tools palette. Choose a soft round tip. Set the Size to 70 pixels, the Range to Midtones, and the Exposure to 11%. Spray the obelisk to darken it a little.

 

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 14

14 Adjust the colours
To make the grass stand out and add a little more colour to the image, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Set the drop-down menu to Yellows and then boost the saturation to +26. This makes the grass look more green and lush, adding colour variety to the image.

 

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 15

15 Create a new layer
To introduce a subtle hint of drama to the shot we can darken the corners of the frame with a vignette. This helps make the sky look more menacing, which enhances the atmosphere in our landscape. Create a new layer and drag it over to the top of the layer stack.

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