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Get the Image You Want: Essential Photoshop Editing Techniques by Element K Journals Creative Team

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Add missing detail to your images

As we mentioned, an image is broken down into highlights, midtones, and shadows. The terms refer to relative luminance, or brightness, levels in a scene as well as in an image. Because of the limitations of a digital camera's CCD, all the luminance levels can't be rendered in an image as faithfully as they can be in the original scene.

Highlights that you can observe in a scene often appear as areas void of detail in an image. The same is true for shadows. Shadows, whose details you may easily see in a scene, often appear as very dark or black areas in an image. This isn't a problem if the highlight and shadow areas are small and contain no or very little important detail, but sometimes you can't afford to lose ...

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