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5.3 – Using Photoshop Elements >

Exposure & Contrast

1 – Mac Students

When you see Ctrl in the tutorial, use the Cmd key instead.

2 – Exposure & Contrast

As needed, adjust the exposure and contrast of each layer.

Top Layer, Your Photograph #2

1) Check to make sure the top layer, photograph #2, is the active layer (darker blue) .

2) At the top of the layers stack, click the third icon (red arrow).

3) Click Levels.

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4) Adjust the three sliders below the histogram.

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To reset Levels, click Reset in the lower-right corner of the window.

5) When you're finished, click the tiny white box in the lower-left corner of the window.

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6) To close the window, click the x in one of the upper corners.

A Levels adjustment layer appears in the layer stack.

To reopen the Levels adjustment layer, double click the histogram icon in the layer (red circle).

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Bottom Layer, Your Photograph #1

The top layer, your photograph #2, is blocking the layer below.

When you adjust the bottom layer, your photograph #1, you won't see any changes to that layer.

You must hide, turn off, the top layer, your photograph #2.

7) Click the eye icon on the left side of the top layer, to hide the layer.

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The eye icon now has a red diagonal line through it.

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You can now see the bottom layer, your photograph #1, in the work area.

8) Click the bottom layer, your photograph #1.

It's now the active layer.

9) At the top of the layers stack, click the third icon.

10) Click Levels.

11) Adjust the three sliders below the histogram.

To reset Levels, click Reset in the lower-right corner of the window.

12) When you're finished, click the tiny white box in the lower-left corner of the window.

13) To close the window, click the x in one of the upper corners.

A second Levels adjustment layer appears in the layer stack.

To reopen the Levels adjustment layer, double click the histogram icon in the layer (red circle).

14) Click the eye icon that has the red line through it, on the top layer.

The top layer is now visible.