8.8. Shadows-Highlights

This filter allows adjusting shadows and highlights in the image separately. The implementation closely follow its counterpart in the Darktable photography software Shadows and Highlights.

8.8.1. Aktivering

You can get to the Shadows and Highlights dialog through: ColorsShadows and Highlights…

8.8.2. Innstillingar

Figur 16.149. Shadows and Highlights Options

Shadows and Highlights Options

Presets

Presets are a common feature for several Colors command. You can find its description in Del 8.1, “Postar i menyen «Fargar»”.

Three options groups:

Shadows: options for shadows:

  • Shadows: This slider controls the effect on shadows; positive values will lighten up shadows while negative values will darken them.

  • Shadows color adjustment: This slider controls the color saturation adjustment made to shadows; high values cause saturation enhancements on lightened shadows; low values cause desaturation on lightened shadows. It is normally safe to leave this at its default of 100%. This gives a natural saturation boost on shadows – similar to the one you would also expect in nature if shadows would receive more light.

Highlights: options for highlights:

  • Highlights: This slider controls the effect on highlights; negative values will darken highlights while positive values will lighten them up.

  • Highlights color adjustment: This slider controls the color saturation adjustment made to highlights; high values cause saturation enhancements on darkened highlights; low values cause desaturation on darkened highlights. Often highlights do not contain enough color information to give convincing colors when darkened. You might need to play a bit with this parameter in order to find the best fitting value depending on your specific image; but be aware that sometimes results still might not be fully satisfying.

Common: options common to shadows and highlights:

  • White point adjustment: By default the algorithm of this modules leaves black point and white point untouched. In some cases an image might contain tonal variations beyond the white point, i.e. above a luminance value of 100. A negative shift in the white point adjustment slider allows to bring these values down into the proper range so that further details in the highlights get visible.

  • Radius: This slider controls the radius of the involved blurring filter. Higher values give softer transitions between shadows and highlights but might introduce halos. Lower values will reduce the size of halos but may lead to an artificial look.

  • Compress: This slider controls how strong the effect extends to mid-tones; high values reduce the effect to the extreme shadows and highlights; low values cause strong adjustments also to mid-tones. You normally only need to touch this parameter if you want to limit the effects to the extreme shadows and highlights; increase the value in this case. At 100% this module has no visible effect any longer as only absolute black and absolute white are affected.

Preview and Split view

These are common features described in Del 8.1, “Postar i menyen «Fargar»”.