4 Simple ways to adjust brightness of image in Photoshop

4 Simple ways to adjust brightness of image in Photoshop

Learning level: - Basic

Learning time: - 20 minutes

There are so many Photo-editing software in the market but Adobe Photoshop is no. 1 choice for professional photo-editors. All the photo-editors in the world prefer to use this software. If you have this software in your PC or laptop but do not have an idea how to use it, this article might be helpful for you.

Sometimes you cannot satisfy with brightness of photos which you have taken. Those may be overexposed or underexposed. In Photoshop, there are several methods to adjust brightness. Here are 4 simple ways to control brightness values.

Open an image.  Click the Image main menu then hover over a mouse point on Adjustments, a new list will be come out. On the new list, top 4 options are dedicated to control brightness and contrast of image. They are:-

1) Brightness/Contrast
2) Levels
3) Curves
4) Exposure

let’s understand them one by one.

1) Brightness/Contrast

This is very simple method. Just select Brightness/Contrast from the list, a new dialogue box will be popped out. On the new Brightness/Contrast dialogue box, there are two sliders for Brightness and Contrast separately. Click and drag those sliders left or right sides to decrease or increase the Brightness and Contrast values as you need. After you satisfied click ok then save an image.



2) Levels

Levels is the most used adjustment option in Photoshop because it has more settings and those are very user friendly. It gives very good result if you correctly use. Go to Image > Adjustments then select Levels from the list, a new dialogue box will be popped out.

On the Levels dialogue box, there are so many adjustment settings. If you don’t have an idea, do not click on unnecessary area. Just below ‘Input Levels’ histogram, there are 3 sliders. The left slider is black point, it controls darker area of image. The right slider is white point, it controls brighter area of image. The middle slider is midtone, it controls overall midtones of image. First move the middle slider left or right side to increase or decrease the mintones then move right slider to fine-tune brighter part of image and left slider for darker part of image. After you satisfied click ok then save an image.




3) Curves

Curves is very powerful adjustment option than Levels but this is more critical too. It gives superior and amazing result than ‘Levels’. Go to Image > Adjustments then select Curves from the list, a new dialogue box will be popped out.

On the Curves dialogue box, there are so many critical adjustment settings. If you don’t have an idea, do not click on unnecessary area. At the middle, you can see a diagonal line in the graph diagram. Click on the middle point of diagonal line then drag it to upper-left side for increase the brightness and bottom-right side to decrease the brightness of image. When you dragging the middle point at one position you’ll get satisfactory result then release the mouse. After you satisfied click ok then save an image.



4) Exposure

This is also very simple method like Brightness/Contrast method. Go to Image > Adjustments then select Exposure from the list, a new dialogue box will be popped out. There are 3 sliders in the box but do not touch on ‘Offset’ and ‘Gamma Correction’ sliders because these are very critical. Just move Exposure slider to right side to increase brightness. You can also move the slider left side to decrease brightness. After you satisfied click ok then save an image.




Here is a composite frame of 4 different images which are adjusted brightness values with 4 different ways. The result is not so much different. All methods are equally good for beginners to professional photo-editors.


     
             
 

Ruman Shrestha

Ruman Shrestha

Hello! Professionally I’m photographer, Photoshoper, Illustrator and graphic designer. I had taken photography training with Photojournalism in 1996. I’m self-learned Photoshoper and Illustrator. I'm fully freelancer. I love to learn new tools of Photoshop and Illustrator then create various kinds of artwork and vector graphics in my free time. On long days vacation, I would like to travel and trek high-altitude area to celebrate my leisure time. I’ve deep interest in Nature photography. Landscape and Wildlife are my favorite subjects. Moreover, I like also birding and bird’s photography. I'm general member of 'Bird Conservation Nepal' too. I am the founder of TutsGallery. I’ve founded this website to share my knowledge and experience to new generation in photography. I hope, you’ll like this. If you also like to contribute such kind of knowledge and experience, I request you, start from today and contact me. Let’s enjoy photographing!

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