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I have some images like this one: Top-bottom darker

As you can see, the top and the bottom of the image are darker. I'd like to normalise the black and white contrast for all the image, in other words, I don't want the top and bottom to be darker, but just as the other part of the image.

Could you please suggest a way to change this? Thanks!

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  • Press Q to activate the Quick Mask Mode to make two partial selections
    • Use the Gradient Tool from black to transparent and mask the top and bottom areas, hold Shift to make the gradient at 90º
  • Press Cmd + I Mac or Ctrl + I Win to invert the mask
  • Press Q to exit the Quick Mask Mode
  • Open the Levels Panel and increase the lightness moving the midtones slider to the left

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This could be fixed using the Dodge Tool. Select the Dodge tool, and in the tool options along the top set the Range to "Midtones". Select a large fuzzy brush - larger than the size of the curve of the toe of the shoe print. A few clicks of the tool on each of the darker areas should be enough to fix it.

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