The Shadows Highlights Tool

Figure 4-28: The (compact) Shadows/Highlights dialog

The Shadows/Highlights tool is important in our workflow, and it can be reached via Image rAdjustments r Shadows/ Highlights. The dialog can be displayed in two versions: the compact view shown in figure 4-28 and the extended (Show More Options) view shown in figure 4-29. The following description is based on the extended view, which contains four options for adjusting tonal range:

► Darkening extreme (nonwhite) highlights r Brightening shadows

► Improving midtones r Increasing color saturation

When we make adjustments using the Shadows/Highlights dialog, we set Black Clip and White Clip ( figure 4-29 ®) to zero in order to avoid losing shadow or highlight detail.

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