new smart object via copy
With that second Smart Object, double-click the thumbnail icon of the Object and it will open ACR with all of the adjustments ready to go, as if you had just opened the RAW file for the first time. We can now reduce the highlights drastically, which globally makes the image look bad, but fixes that hot spot on the wall. Hit Okay to accept the changes and once back in Photoshop, we’ll add a Hide-All Layer Mask (black mask) to the second Object, which makes it all disappear. Paint with white onto the layer mask to begin to reveal the reduced highlights. This non-destructive alteration to this image allows us so many options to continue to refine our image. Also by working non-destructively, we are opening the door for a good working relationship with commercial clients.
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