Shutter blending: how to combine images at different shutter speeds

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Shutter blending step by step – steps 16-18

16 Dodge and burn

Paint with black on the Dodge Burn layer to darken parts of the image, such as the corners, the face, clothes and any uneven parts of the road. Press X to switch to white and paint to lighten areas, like the background on the right and the highlights on the face.

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17 Adjust the colours

Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon and choose Levels. Set Channel to Blue, then drag the two output sliders at the bottom inwards so that they read 7 and 240. Next, select the Red Channel, then drag the midpoint slider to 0.85 and the white point slider to 240.

18 Sharpen and Crop

Press Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt+E to merge a new layer, then right-click it and choose Convert to Smart Object. Next, go to Filter>Other>High Pass. Set Radius to 2px and click OK. Go to the blending mode drop-down at the top of the Layers panel and choose Overlay. Grab the Crop tool and crop in slightly tighter.

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Shutter blending step by step – steps 16-18

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