Photoshop Help on 5 Month Old Photo

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Photoshop Help on 5 Month Old Photo

So, I am new to using lighting with my pics and didn't realize what a huge shadow I had when I took this pic. Now, I am trying to even it out and don't know how! I have tried to fix it by cloning and by just brushing in some white color and both look awful. Is there an easy way for me to make the background of this look decent?

Thanks in advance!

Maeda Background 2

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Here is a quick play

Just boosted curves quite a bit and masked in baby and friends.

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Beth - THANK YOU! It looks great! I've never used curves or masking (photoshop newbee here...). Is it something you can walk me through the steps to recreate? If not, no worries...I will go do some research..its good to know it can be done though! Thanks!

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I am really bad at explaining this stuff, so maybe someone will jump in and translate this for you...

Basically I opened your image in photoshop
Clicked on the black and white circle in the layers palette to create a new curves layer. Then raised the middle of the curves line until the background looked the way I wanted it.

Then I clicked on the paint brush, chose a brush size that worked for me and made sure black was selected. Made sure the "curves" layer was selected, then "painted" over the parts of the image I DIDN'T want changed by the curves layer. I tried to keep some shadowing under the toys to avoid a floating look.

HTH! There are also some tuts on youtube about masking in photoshop.

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My Play...really didn't need to do much masking at all. Just used "select > color range" in Photoshop to select all the portions that should be white...then make a levels layer and use the white eyedropper to click on the darkest portion of the backdrop. This makes the entire backdrop pure white. I did just the slightest bit of masking back of the stuffed animals on the floor.

Took literally 5 seconds.


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both awesome edits!!!! and a great shot to start out with. Smile

GiGi

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Thank you sooo much ladies! I was able to recreate using both methods!!! I really appreciate you guys taking the time to walk me through your steps.