How to lighten up black parts of an image in Photoshop CC ?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 31, 2017

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Having received on my first post a month ago very nice and reliable advice, I dare to ask the comunity again.

What would be the quick and professional way to lightern up black parts of an image. I am not talking about shadows. I am specifically talking about blacks and greys.

I put an image above as an example. I want his suit to be lighter. Thank you in advance. Keep in mind I am moderatly familiar with photoshop and I am still learning. Detailed, step-by-step instructions would suit me best, but any answer I will greatly appreciate. Thank you.

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Correct answer by Jeff_Arola | Adobe Community Professional

You can use the Adjustment Brush in the Camera Raw Filter, which uses a mask to apply the edits to only the areas you select, play with any of the sliders to see the effect and to reset the slider to default just double click on the slider.

Turning the layer to a Smart Object and then applying the camera raw filter as a smart filter. allows you to go back and change the adjustments if you desire.

Apply Smart Filters in Photoshop

Make local adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw

the mask that gets created

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Photoshop offers multiple ways to do almost anything. Personally I think the Camera Raw filter is the best option as outlined by KR Seals​. You can make this edit non destructively if you make it a smart object first, as explained by chanaart​. I would move the shadow slider to the right, as far as needed to see the details in his shirt. If the background goes too light try moving the exposure and highlights slider to the left just slightly. I think you can accomplish what you want with these edits. If you can’t get the rider and the background both looking good, you can apply a mask to the camera raw edit so that it only effects the rider. Similar to what Chuck Uebele​ recommends.

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Nov 01, 2017

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I did not manage to do it with Cary Jensen's tutorial unfortunately Thatwas the only one I could follow due to the step by step explanation. When I open the Blending Options and move the right white slider to the left as described in the photo above - the one above of which it says "This Layer" some very strange efects appear on the image , and then I click "OK" and no amount of playing with the oppacity gets rid of all the artifacts.

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Nov 01, 2017

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If you would be kindenough to expand on the instructions you gave , (make them more verbose) perhaps I couldtry your solution too, as it seems there is some consesus as to this approach would be best.

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Wow. I am impressed of the friendliness and availbility of the people on this forum  to teach the not-so-advanced users things in a very concise manner. (After all, we were alll sometime at that point) I will definitely try some of the suggestions posted here when I get home and I will offer one of you the "correct answer." badge. Thank you for taking the time and patience to explain in detail , especially Cari Jansen for your lenghty tutorialwhich I can folllow.

Oh...and apologies if I messed up some words or some sentences sound weird, I am not living in an english-speaking country.

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