Adobe Photoshop

Midtone Contrast Adjustment

Here’s a cool Photoshop trick I learned from Jeff Schewe, for increasing contrast only in the midtones of an image. This adjustment really makes images POP!

1. Duplicate your main image layer.
2. Apply a Filter > Other > High Pass. Try starting with a radius of around 40.
3. Double click the layer to open the Layer Styles box. At the bottom of the first screen, look for the “Blend If…” sliders. For “This Layer”, move the black point to around 70, and the white point to around 200. Don’t change the settings for the Underlying Layer. Click OK to apply the layer style.
4. Adjust the opacity of the layer to taste.

You can fine tune this effect by adjusting the High Pass radius, the Blend If points, and the layer opacity.

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