How to remove a shadow from a photo?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Martin ©¿©¬ , Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Hi
    Using Photoshop 7
    I have a photo of a person sitting near a wall
    They are casting a shadow on the wall
    How would I go about removing the shadow?
    Martin ©¿©¬ , Aug 26, 2008
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    ronviers Guest

    Hi Martin,
    Sometimes it is possible. I have done it and made it look good but it
    took some time and I got lucky with the information surrounding the
    relfections. If you post a link to an image you will get a more
    informed opinion - same goes for the shadow question.

    Good luck,
    ronviers, Aug 26, 2008
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    Leo Lichtman Guest

    Using Photoshop 7
    Using Photoshop Elements, I select along any critical edges, and then clone
    in samples from other parts of the wall. If it's a plain wall, it's easy.
    Be careful to choose from a part of the wall that has the same lighting. If
    it's a brick wall, or wallpaper, you also have to line up the pattern.
    Leo Lichtman, Aug 26, 2008
  4. Thank you Leo for both your replies
    As the photo is for a disabled parking Orange badge, I think it will
    be easier to take the photo again paying particular attention to the
    possible problems
    Martin ©¿©¬ , Aug 27, 2008
  5. If you take the photo with and without the person there, you can combine the
    images to eliminate the shadow.

    Andrew Morton, Aug 27, 2008
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    KatWoman Guest

    make the person stand away from the wall
    make sure the light above them not direct at them

    if you have no strobe or umbrella or scrim>>>

    point flash up ward at ceiling and bounce it, also make a diffuser by a
    piece of white cloth rubber band around the flash

    or shoot through a white sheet or shower curtain with an off-camera flash

    or have subject sit in shade but with DAY light from behind your back on
    them- this is soft even flat light

    it is always easier to make a photo as good as possible and avoid PS
    excessive corrections
    poor photos can be improved with PS but will not look as well as a shot
    taken correctly in camera
    KatWoman, Aug 27, 2008
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    Leo Lichtman Guest

    : (clip) it is always easier to make a photo as good as
    possible and avoid PS
    A camera is a "machine," with physical and optical limitations. I almost
    always do some digital work on my images to accomplish results that were not
    fully realized in the original image. I think your statement goes way too
    far. Some failures in the original exposure are very difficult (virtually
    impossible) to Photoshop away--for example, severe underexposure, camera
    movement, poor focus, poorly chosen angle of view, inappropriate focal
    length. OTOH, things like contrast, brightness, background blur are easily
    manipulated. Even facial expression can often be improved. The more you
    work on pictures, the easier it becomes to recognize small ways to make
    worthwhile changes, I LOVE to play with local contrast in order to help the
    viewer see what I want him/her to see. I sometimes move objects in a
    picture to improve composition.

    One of my best examples was a picture made by combining parts from several
    exposures of dancers, taken in a crowded room, where the ideal photograph
    would have simply been impossible. The result was a picture that
    represented the "reality" I had in my mind's eye. I think this is a valid
    use of Photoshop. I frequently also like to go through a photo made with
    flash, and remove the harsh shadows cast by the single light source.

    You may be right, that an umbrella, or a shower curtain, or a diffuse
    reflector would have produced better lighting, but those dancers won't stand
    still for that.
    Leo Lichtman, Aug 27, 2008
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    Joe Guest

    Same thing, this is pretty basic and I will give you the advanced
    technique. Also, I don't remember Photoshop 7 has Masking option or not (I
    think it does but I don't have good memory).

    1. Make a duplicate of the original

    2. Using Level to adjust the SHADOW layer to match the normal layer. DO NOT
    worry about the bright part cuz you only need to take care of the shadowed

    3. Click on the [o] (Quick Mask) then using BRUSH Tool to bring up the
    repaired area and you have it.

    If you don't know how to use Mask Tool (not creating Mask Image) then you
    may need to Google for some vidio tutorial.
    Joe, Aug 28, 2008
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    KatWoman Guest

    I did not say avoid PS entirely '
    read what I typed avoid EXCESSIVE PS to correct what should be in the
    original IE good lighting
    of course I use PS to tweak most images from good to fantastic
    that is my job

    crap to fantastic is harder

    this man is asking how to fix POORLY LIT PHOTOS
    I advise him to reshoot over fixing crap

    I may be right??
    I am right
    KatWoman, Aug 28, 2008
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    Leo Lichtman Guest

    "KatWoman" (clip) this man is asking how to fix POORLY LIT PHOTOS
    The man asked how to remove an unwanted shadow from a wall. It is a stretch
    to conclude from that that it is a poorly lit photo. It is a HUGE stretch
    to call it crap. It's for an ID badge. Why not just answer the OP's
    Leo Lichtman, Aug 28, 2008
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    KatWoman Guest

    Why not just answer the OP's
    1. the first poster already told him how
    2. that is too beginner for me to tell how to use the clone tool

    if a person does not know how to do that he willhave a poor result and it is
    easier and he said for himself it was easier to re-shoot it

    read the thread
    all of it
    KatWoman, Aug 29, 2008
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    Leo Lichtman Guest

    I realise that, by now, you have probably taken care of this, but another
    very simple solution occurs to me. Select around the person's head. Invert
    selection. Do an average blur of the background. This should be perfect
    for an ID badge. The only problem could come from trying to select the
    person's hair, if it is ragged, or fluffy and semi-transparent.
    Leo Lichtman, Aug 31, 2008
  13. Thank you all very much for your help and support
    I got a friend who knows more about Photoshop than I do to follow your
    guidelines and correct the pic for me.
    Martin ©¿©¬ , Sep 1, 2008
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    Joe Guest

    Not a good choice for professional use, but if you don't wanna listen then
    I guess it's your problem, not?
    Joe, Sep 3, 2008
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    Joe Guest

    You use them all or just one or few, and which one? IOW, people spend lot
    of hours monitoring the newsgroup to learn, and since you got your help then
    you should return the favor by telling other which one solved your problem.
    Joe, Sep 3, 2008
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    Leo Lichtman Guest

    : Not a good choice for professional use, but if you don't
    wanna listen then
    Joe, I wasn't suggesting it for professionalk use. The OP is someone with
    limited Photoshop skills, trying to put a head shot on an ID badge. I DO
    wanna listen. I read every response, and I made this response considering
    Martin's need and skill level. Why don't YOU listen?
    Leo Lichtman, Sep 3, 2008
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    Joe Guest

    I don't think that's the right answer, because you should use the
    professional technique all the time for very simple reasons

    1. When you have mastered the technique then there won't be any easier way.

    2. If you haven't mastered then keep on practicing.

    And to your last question. I am LISTENING that's why I know it ain't
    Joe, Sep 5, 2008
  18. I can't say for now sorry, my friend is away abroad on business
    Martin ©¿©¬ , Sep 6, 2008
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