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.
Once the image is open in PS, in the menu bar, go to Filters -> Camera Raw. In camera raw, move the "shadows" and or "blacks" sliders to suit your taste. Then, click OK in the lower right hand corner of the Camera Raw filter.
Your solution doesn't work. I like the background the way it is. If I drag the Blacks slider to the max, it does not lighten up enough but already affects the green around the cyclist. Running it again (Ctrl-F) applyies again the processing and this is when it becomes very obvious that it doesn't affect just the dark balcks on the costume.
This is how it looks after 2 applications of the camera raw filter with sliding the Blacks all the way to the right. Compare the grass to the left and right with the original image. I want that to stay identical and only affect some of the most dark parts from the suit.
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.
the mask that gets created
Thanks. I did it this way, but forgot to selectsomeone as correct answer so I did it now.
One option to make a smart filter and use camera raw filter.
and play with the dark and lights.
Another way is to use Adjustment layers and paly with the mask to reveal and conceal the lights and dark!!
Make a selection of the black in his outfit and use a curves layer clipped to it.
Or you can use blend if sliders to target just the darks then touch up areas with a mask.
There are a lot of different techniques you can use - hopefully other people will share their techniques as well, so you get an idea of the different approaches. I tend to work with Adjustment Layers.
Here's an example (not the best pic I know, but hopefully you can follow along):