Fixing an Underexposed Shot with Photoshop Actions: A Blueprint
- Since the image was so dark, she started by bring up the brightness to 50 and the exposure up to 0.25.
- Then she Fingerpaint-Medium from the Quickie Collection at 100% opacity everywhere but the face and hair.
- Next she burned the background using the Nondestructive Dodge and Burn action from the Quickie Collection at 20% opacity.
- Then a bit more dodging and burning using the Free Photoshop action Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness – Touch of Darkness at 30% opacity around the edges of the image and Touch of Light on the face and jacket at 10% opacity.
- For some retouching, she used Powder Your Nose skin smoothing Photoshop action with the brush set at 60% opacity. And then the Eye Doctor to bright the iris.
- Then I used the Magical Color Finder at 50% opacity on the background only.
- For some last minute refining, she used Snap and Crackle to add midtone contrast.
- And she finished by applying a subtle texture using the Texture Applicator action.