- March 2, 2020 at 5:04 pm #433643John ThompsonModerator
If you ever have the need to increase brightness of an area in a photo you can do it in PS by
Creating a new layer
Paint the area you want to brighten white
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Then change the opacity to give you the proper lighting.
This works nicely but if the portion you want to brighten is intricate then just roughly white paint the area, add a mask and invert the mask and paint in the area on the mask to brighten. The reason I add the mask is that when you are painting in white you can easily go “beyond the lines” so to speak. Meaning, lets assume you have a pic of your dog and you want to highlight the face. While you are trying to just paint the dogs face and ears you can easily go to far and it will lighten the background for example. Then the only way to correct is Ctrl-Z and do it again. When you do the mask and over paint around the edges then just change the foreground color to black and darken it back to original.
There are other ways of doing this like using a curves adjustment layer, invert the mask and paint the areas on the mask you want to show thru. This method can change the colors of the highlighted area which you do now want.
- This topic was modified 4 weeks ago by John Thompson.
- March 2, 2020 at 10:25 pm #433681Rob Wood (Admin)Keymaster
Very useful. Thank you.
- March 2, 2020 at 10:57 pm #433689MistyisleParticipant
Many thanks, John! Reading your procedure, it seems completely logical, though I have to try it yet. For those of us in the 21st Century and using Affinity Photo, it should work at least equally well. 😉
- March 3, 2020 at 9:54 am #433749John ThompsonModerator
I assume it would work although I do not know because I have never tried Affinity.
- March 3, 2020 at 7:06 am #433720JasenkaGKeymaster
A great way to explain it, thanks!
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