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April 10, 2011 / arthill

Quick fix for flat picture


I shot this picture recently at the Grand Canyon.  The light was okay but sometimes these landscape shots are a little muted by the atmosphere.

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If you’ve got Photoshop Elements:

In the layers palette, right click on the thumbnail and choose Duplicate Layer

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Now in that Drop Down that says Normal choose Multiply

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The effect may be a little too strong so use the Opacity control to tone it down a bit.  For this one I chose 75%

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So the final result is with the original right below it for comparison

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The procedure is identical in Paint Shop Pro

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and should work with other editing programs.

Maybe not HDR but I think it improves the image quite a bit and I didn’t have multiple exposures to work with anyway. And this is fast! A couple of clicks and you’re done.

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  1. Maryann Goldman / Apr 11 2011 6:51 am

    I didn’t know about this, and I think it’s way cool! Thanks!

  2. webstersway / Apr 11 2011 9:27 am

    Terrific info, Art!!! Haven’t done much with layers, not enough time, but this one seems like something even I could do…thanks!!!

  3. Howard / Apr 11 2011 10:30 pm

    Thanks, Art. Very helpful info. I’ve looked at the drop down before but did not really know how to use the different choices. This is a start. Thanks again!

  4. Ed Spadoni / Apr 14 2011 7:53 pm

    I’ll try this in PSP – I had no idea. Thanks Art.

  5. Ed Spadoni / Apr 16 2011 4:55 pm

    Just tried in Corel PSP Art – works great. Thanks for the tip.

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