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How to lighten a portrait's background

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3 hours ago, gogreen1 said:

do I need to outline or otherwise indicate the area that I wish to lighten?




You specify which pixels you want to modify by using the first 4 sliders (and a check box) in the Hue/Saturation+ plugin.


Then you use the bottom 4 sliders to modify the selected pixels.


I usually start by moving the bottom slider all the way to the left, then adjusting the first 4 sliders until all of my desired pixels turn transparent.  Once all of the pixels I want to modify are gone (and ONLY those pixels are gone) I reset the bottom slider and I start adjusting the 5-7th sliders to make my adjustments.

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