Removing / softening a shadow - help please

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  1. Jo Fright

    Jo Fright TPF Noob!

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    Im trying to remove or soften/blend the shadow on moms face in this picture.
    Any suggestions from you CS2 gurus?

    Thanks for the help!!

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    -Jo
     
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    Use the dodge tool set to midtones.
     
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    Excellent! Thank you!!
     
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    Another trick is to use the the history brush set to Screen mode at about 20%.

    This lightens but still retains detail.

    Just tried that and it did not seem to work on this image - normally use it to lighten eyes.
     
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    Just taking a break from other things. I didn't spend more than five minutes on this, so it isn't perfect. But one very good method to blend a shadow is to create duplicate layers, try Gaussian blurs and/or motion blurs, create layer masks on the blurred layers, then paint in the blur over the original shadows. Here I used a gaussian blur layer mask and a horizontal motion blur layer mask to smooth out most of the shadow on the cheek. More could be done to make it seem more natural but you get the idea. There is still a faint edge of the shadow but another round of layer masks would smooth it out. Going back with another layer mask of the duplicate image with a tiny amount of the Add Noise plugin could make it all seem quite natural.


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    what an awesome trick. I never would have thought to use the Gaussian or motion blur to soften a shadow like that.
     
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    Thanks for all of tips!!
     

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