How to Lighten Night Photos

How to Lighten Night Photos









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How to Lighten Night Photos

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Lightening up dark night photos is easy in PaintShop Pro, once you get to know how to use Fill Light/Clarity. In this tutorial you will learn how to brighten up your night photos with:

  • Fill Light/Clarity
  • Noise Removal
  • Smart Photo Fix

Take a look at the difference in the before and after night photos below!

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Welcome to this tutorial on how to lighten up dark photos in PaintShop Pro.


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In this example I will demonstrate how easy it is to restore visibility to a dark photo. This is a common occurrence when photos taken at night with a flash are shot far away from the subject.

1. First, open the image in PaintShop Pro and make sure that the Editworkspace is active.

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As you can see, it's very difficult to make out what the image actually is; so let's add some light and reveal the scene.

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2. From the Adjust menu select Brightness and Contrast, and then Fill Light/Clarity.

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3. Since the image was extremely dark, I'll increase the Fill Light to 125 and the Clarity to 100.

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4. Next, from the Adjust menu, select One Step Noise Removal; this will remove a lot of the grain commonly seen in dark photos after they've been brightened.

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5. Lastly, from the Adjustmenu select Smart Photo Fix. These options will allow you to lighten the image a little more, as well as restore some of the color to the photo.

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When you're happy with the adjustments here, click OK to continue. That's how easy it is to restore dark night photos in Corel PaintShop Pro.

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