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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
July 10, 2015

Don’t underestimate the power of levels


1. Lack of light


Sometimes, there’s not enough light to expose the subject. Apply Levels as a new layer and slide the Highlights and Midtones left to correct for the main subject.

2. Mask exposure


Using the Levels adjustment’s mask, paint away the background with a soft brush to reveal the unedited original. You may need to go over the subject’s edges.

3. Select background


Hide the Levels adjustment and locate the Quick Select tool (Q). Select the background around the main subject. Reveal the Levels adjustment and go to Select>Inverse to flip the selection.

4. Time excess


Use the Eraser tool (E) to remove excess dark parts over the edges and hit Cmd/Ctrl+D to remove the selection. You should be left with a more balanced exposure. Lower the Levels’ Opacity to suit.

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