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Program to enhance darkened subject in photos ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by joe2cool, Sep 22, 2003.

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  1. joe2cool

    joe2cool Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2002
    Hi just wondered if there was a free tool out there for enhancing/lightened a completely darkened subject (person) when the background appears fine ?

    Appears too dark for MediaChance's DCEnhancer !

    Have paintshop Pro 7 & apart from using automatic features for enhancement, is there any other way. Still getting used to PSP

    Appreciate any help ?

  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    If there is an option for a "burn" tool in your application you might want to try using that.
  3. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    This is a good technique in Photoshop – people have tried it in PSP and it works as well. You might modify the names of the steps but I know it can be done.:

    Layer>Duplicate Layer>OK
    In the Layers palette: change Normal to Overlay.
    Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Check “Preview” and use something between 25 and 80.

    You can also reduce the opacity in the layers palette if the result is too strong. Don’t go below about 80%.

    What you are doing is making a negative of the image with dark over the light areas and clear over the dark areas. It equalizes the brightness in many images like you describe. He technique is known as “contrast masking”. Maybe someone could give you the exact steps in PSP.

    Another technique is to select (or cut out) the part that is too dark using selection tools and then just brighten the dark part using the histogram (Levels in Photoshop). Curves is probably better than Levels/Histogram but is harder to use.

    I think Rockn meant the Dodge tool. In Photoshop the Burn tool makes it darker – I presume it is the same in PSP. If you try the Dodge tool use a large brush and a very small exposure setting – it is very hard to do smoothly.
  4. Rhettman5.1


    Sep 24, 2002
    Can you post the picture so we can take a shot at it...or is it one of "those" pictures ?? ;) ...Rhett
  5. joe2cool

    joe2cool Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2002
    Hi guys & thx ! ........no Rhett its not one of those :) some pictures I recently took in Rome ;)
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