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Color problems with source image

Hello there! I'm working from a very large photo of a landscape I took. My printer can't print large enough images, so I ordered an enlargement online. I'm really happy with the photograph, but the shadows turned out darker than they looked on my monitor. I don't want to order another photograph. How can I lighten my shadows when I paint? Will doing so throw off all the other colors? In other words, will I ruin my realism by altering the shadow values?


  • If you have a Photoshop or Elements type program you could divide the original into six or eight sections, then print each section using your printer and tape them together. This will give you a much larger print and you can alter the shadows to lighten them and reprint till you get them right.
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