How to Use Photoshop to Correct Overexposure on One Side of the Face

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A number of reasons may contribute to why a person's face gets partially overexposed on film, but one thing remains constant -- it's usually impossible to recreate the scene, especially if the subject is long gone. Don't delete the image or destine the film for the recycling bin. Open the picture in a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop, where facial continuity and overexposure correction are as quick as a few clicks.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop. Click the "File" menu. Click "Open." Browse to the photo with the overexposed face and double-click the image, which opens it in Photoshop.

  2. 2

    Pull down the "View" menu and click "Fit on Screen" so the picture takes up the entire work desk.

  3. 3

    Click the "Magnify" tool, which looks like a magnifying glass or lollipop at the bottom of the "Tools" palette. Zoom in on the place of the face that is overexposed, but leave a portion of the "correct" part of the face also still visible.

  4. 4

    Click the "Lasso" tool at the top of the "Tools" palette. Draw an outline around the overexposed part of the face. When marching "ants" or blinking lines appear, right-click inside the outline and select "Layer via Copy."

  5. 5

    Click the "Image" menu at the top of the screen. Click "Adjustments." Click "Levels" to open the small "Levels" window.

  6. 6

    Drag the "Levels" window so you can see the window, the correct part of the face and the overexposed part all together.

  7. 7

    Slide the small black slider triangle at the top of the window, under "Input Levels," to the left. Watch how the overexposed part of the face begins to darken. Slide until the two sides of the face match. Jot down the numbers in the three small boxes in the "Input Levels" section. Click "OK" to close the window.

  8. 8

    Repeat the "Input Levels" process on any other parts of the face or skin. Instead of using the slider bars, type in the numbers into the boxes to get the overexposure correction exactly right and matching.

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