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 16-18

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 16

16 Set the gradient options
Press D to set the foreground and background colours to default black and white. Choose the Gradient tool and click the Edit button in the Options bar. Choose the default Foreground to Background preset and click OK. Tick the Radial Gradient icon on the Options bar and tick the Reverse box.

 

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 17

17 Draw a gradient
Set the Magnification box at the bottom left of the window to 15%. This increases the amount of space around the image. Now draw a gradient outwards from the centre of the shot into one of the corners of the frame, before setting Layer 1’s blending mode to Multiply.

 

How to rescue blown highlights in your landscape photography: step 18

18 Fine-tune the vignette
Reduce Layer 1’s Opacity to 65% for a more subtle vignette effect. The white parts of the gradient become transparent, while the grey areas darken the shot towards the edges. Paint on Layer 1 with a soft white brush to restore the centre of the image to full brightness.

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