This discussion of tonal range, contrast, and brightness continues with an explanation of the Photoshop CS Shadow/Highlight command. Some photographers are reluctant to use the Shadow/Highlight command. It does take some practice and you need to understand how the various settings affect your photo. If you have photos that are underexposed because of backlighting or or overexposed because of fill flash, the Shadow/Highlight command can be the quickest way to restore them.
Actions use Photoshop's user interface. So the only chages to the code -- usually -- is to revise the scripts to leverage new functionality, like the Smart Filters feature of Photoshop CS3.
Feel free to download my tutorial and visit my learning gallery for useful information about sharpening generally. The toolkit includes a 24 page, full color PDF manual that is ready for printing.
Looking for some inspiration? This site is less about photography and more about digital art with Photoshop. But there sure is some excellent Photoshop artistry here. As Dave Cross notes in his recent blog (thanks, Dave, for calling this site ot my attention), you can expect to spe nd some time here, as ylou click on images and go deeper and deeper into the artwork of individual artists.
Part 3 continues the discussion of the concepts of tonal range, contrast, and brightness by explaining how to use the Photoshop Levels and Curves dialogs. The discussion goes beyond the basics of Levels and Curves to explain how layer masks can help you refine your tonality adjustments.
"How do I add an embossed copyright info to an image?" I've seen that question many times on Photoshop forums around the Web. Everyone likes the look of an embossed copyright. Some people like a big copyright symbol and their studio name and maybe something like "Proof" right in the middle of the image. Others prefer something a little more subtle, like a copyright and their name down near the corner of the image.
The actions in TLR Color Temperature Filters replicate the CT correction filters used by photographers for many years. CT filters are used to compensate for lighting, for example the bluish coloration associated with daylight films. They are also used to remove excessive blue casts from electronic flash.
The white balance controls in Camera Raw are superior for adjusting the white balance of a RAW image. The CT filter effects in this action set are excellent for adding a warming or cooling effect to an image.