Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Simple image optimization with Adobe Photoshop – Brighten pictures and change contrast

Mainly graphic and media designers are using Photoshop for image editing. This is partly due to the high price, but also due to the complexity of the software.

If you have access to Photoshop (no matter which version – an old one is perfectly fine too), you can seize the opportunity to acquire some tricks with the software.

Brighten dark images

If a photo is too dark, you can brighten it easily.

  • Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast
  • Image > Adjustments > Levels
  • Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight (to brighten dark areas)
  • Image > Adjustments > Curves

Adjust images that seem dull or too bright

  • Image > Adjustments > Auto Levels
    Usually works without problems and is the easiest way for Photoshop beginners.
  • Image > Adjustments > Levels
  • Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast

It is probably best for you to just try out these few functions in order for you to understand how each one works.

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