How to enhance the photo taken with a side lighting

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Tutorial: AKVIS Enhancer

A child in the garden


When shooting on a sunny day with the wrong exposure settings or if the flash fails, you will notice sharp shadows on the face. The photo below has been taken with a side lighting, that’s why the face is in shadows.

    The original photo Result of the photo correction
    Before After

We use the Enhancer plugin in this tutorial, but you can take the standalone edition and use the same parameters to achieve this result.

  • Step 1. Open the image in your photo editor which supports the Enhancer plugin, for example AliveColors (or in the Enhancer program if you use the standalone edition).
    Photo of a child
  • Step 2. To call the Enhancer plugin select the command Effects -> AKVIS -> Enhancer in AliveColors; the command Filter -> AKVIS -> Enhancer in Adobe Photoshop; the menu item Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> Enhancer if you work with Corel Paint Shop Pro.

    Select Improve Detail mode. The image will be processed with the default settings.

    AKVIS Enhancer window in the Improve Detail mode
  • Step 3. Our task is to reveal the child’s face which is cast in shadows due to unevenness of exposure. Adjust the settings to brighten the shadows in the image.
    Adjust the photo correction parameters
  • Step 4. Click on to apply the result of the photo correction and close the plugin.
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Improve Detail — Improve Detail
   — Prepress Processing — Prepress Processing
   — Tone Correction — Tone Correction
   — Comparison of Modes — Comparison of Modes
   — Post Processing — Post Processing
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Lighten a Dark Street Photo — Lighten a Dark Street Photo
   — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode
   — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction
   — A Child in the Garden — A Child in the Garden
   — Neuschwanstein Castle — Neuschwanstein Castle
   — Ancient Town — Ancient Town
   — Increase Image Clarity — Increase Image Clarity
   — Dark Picture of a Church — Dark Picture of a Church
   — Backlight Photo — Backlight Photo
   — Orange Tree — Orange Tree
   — Technical Illustration — Technical Illustration
   — Remove Smog from the Photo — Remove Smog from the Photo
   — Poet and Doves — Poet and Doves
   — A Black Cat in a Dark Room — A Black Cat in a Dark Room
   — Christmas Market — Christmas Market
   — Exposure Correction — Exposure Correction
   — Correction of a Dark Photo — Correction of a Dark Photo
   — Khan Palace Photo — Khan Palace Photo
   — Lightening a Dark Photo — Lightening a Dark Photo
   — Show Details in Shadows — Show Details in Shadows
   — The Golden Pavilion — The Golden Pavilion
   — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect
   — Perfect Lighting — Perfect Lighting
   — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes


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