In this Photoshop lesson, I’ll teach you how to use Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 to quickly and simply remove or soften harsh shadows from any image.

Sometimes the ideal shot is taken, yet the image has undesired shadows.

Richard Pilcher, one of our members, emailed me this photo. I have a NEF file of elephants drinking; please see the attached jpg, he enquired. Is there a method to lessen the negative effects that intense shadows have on the young elephants? I hope you can address this frequent problem at some point in the future.

Fortunately, Photoshop may be used to correct this. Richard, thanks for the query and the great photo.

Here is my updated picture. Since I worked from the jpeg, your outcomes ought to be even better if you work from the actual raw file.

Let me now demonstrate what I did.

Using Photoshop, removing a shadow from a picture
Although it was created in Photoshop CC, this guide can also be used with Photoshop CS6. To see the instructional that explains this and provides a little additional information, watch the brief video at the top of the page.

Let’s start with the elephants in our photo.

STEP 1: Select the Camera Raw filter under Filters in Photoshop CC.

Open the file in Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6 from Bridge.

Isolating the shadow area is step two.
Choose the shadow first. the Adjustment brush, please.

Select Auto Mask from the panel’s bottom menu.The edges will be found by this.

To see where you are painting, turn on Mask.

STEP 3: Cover the shadow region with paint. Auto Mask will maintain its rectilinearity.

Disable Mask Overlay so that you can view the image.

Select Reset Local Correction Settings from the hamburger menu that appears at the top of the adjustment brush panel. All adjustments are then reset to zero.

Here is the area we want to work on.

STEP 5. BALANCE THE AREA OF SHADE.
Now, we want the chosen area to coincide. There are two things to focus on. radiance and colour.

First of all, move the Exposure slider until the brightness matches the surrounding areas. Try the Shadow slider as well.

STEP 6. To warm it up, move the colour temperature to the right.

See how, using only exposure and temperature, we nearly matched the shadow area?

STEP 7. Continue adjusting in an effort to improve the match.

I’ve come up with something like this. The shadow regions seem well. Because of the edges, the image appears patchy; we’ll correct that right now.

To make the ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) modification, click OK.

  1. REPAIRING THE EDGES.
    A spot healing brush should be used.

The sections that need fixing are indicated.

Small areas should be covered by the brush at once.

In a short amount of time, this face is fixed.

Almost done.

And we are finished.

Comparing that to the earlier picture!

I really hope that you found this video and written steps useful and that this helps you fix distracting shadows in your photos. If it was helpful, please tell everyone about PhotoshopCAFE and share this tutorial on your social media.

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