I have a photo that I would like to correct so that the lighting is reasonably even. Have done some research but this looks to be a complex business, perhaps. Is there a way to accomplish just getting the lighting even. Have tried levels, brightness/contrast, etc. No improvement, really. Photo below.
Here is the result of my quick & dirty effort (it definitely looks like a scanned photo, what with a part of another image in the lower left)
I used two Brightness and Constrast adjustment layers. On one I increased the brightness until the left side looked about right, then painted on the mask to eliminated the effect on the right side. On the other adjustment layer I darkened the image until the right side looked about right, then painted on the mask to eliminated the effect on the left side.
the way I would even out the light is open the image in ACR and adjust the exposure for each different area of lighting in the image.
You will need to open the image in ACR for each section you need to adjust. Then open the images in PSE in separate layers and use layer masks to blend the layers. You might have to adjust some layer opacities to fine tune the lighting.
This has given me good results when I had a similar situation in the past.
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Indeed, I cropped the image. My version is a titch too warm. Could I have "disappeared" Major Major's post? Can't see that happening..should not be possible. I posted an edit and then decided to delete my post...and later added a new post. Cyber gremlins..or the Russians. Clive
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