How to Lighten up an Image
How to lighten up a dark photo
This very simple tutorial is based on Photoshop CS4. It will work on a CS3 and CS2 version as well.
A very easy and effective way to lighten up a dark photo is to use Shadows/Highlights! You will be surprised about the impact!
This exercise will explain in easy 3 Steps how to lighten up a dark photo:
- Use a dark photo or use our sample photo
- Use the Shadows/Highlights (Image Adjustments)
- Save file as a jpg
Alternatively just use our sample photo. You can right click it and choose copy and when in Photoshop start a new document (Ctrl + N or File>New Document) and paste the image with Ctrl + V.
To actually lighten the image up go to Image>Adjustments>Shadows/Highlights and change the amounts of the Shadows (I chose 57%) and Highlights (I chose 9%). If you untick and tick the Preview box you can see the changes that will happen.
Okay the changes!
Save the image as a jpg (Ctrl + S or File>Save).
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