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Old 10-23-2006, 05:51 PM
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Hi there

Due to monitor calibration stuff, some images I fixed up for a friend of my dad have printed out very dark. MUCH darker than what was on my screen. So, I now need to lighten them for reprinting.

Do I simply use the gamma sliders in a levels adjustment layer to lighten them nicely, or is there another, better technique I should be focussing on? I really want to spend as little extra time on these as possible, because I've already done too many hours on them!

Many thanks!



Here are some examples of the images that need lightening...
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:23 PM
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Re: Lightening images

Cute photos.
Image #1 is not far off for my tastes.
PSP X - Highlights-Midtones-Shadow =
Shadow +40 / Midtone +5 / Highlight -8

You have to be careful with the shadow as there are some bad spots in the coats.

You can bring the shadows and midtones up more but you start to lose contrast in the faces.
That could be fixed by masking and working the faces separately if you want to take the time.

Not sure what you are looking for on the second image. It prints light enough here but there are other problems.

The type of paper, monitor calibration, the correct ICC printer profile, and printer adjustments can make a world of difference in print quality.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:47 PM
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Thnaks, JBurt.


I have to say I'm rather embarrassed by my stoopid question, but I blame lack of sleep for too many days!


For some images gamma correction was enough, for others I needed to mess about with different things.


I didn't want to spend too much extra time on them, because a) there's no money in it for me, and b) I've got too much other stuff to do 'round here! (Like sleep occassionally an' stuff!)


I save everyone's tips and tricks to my faves folder though, so thank you for the advice.
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Old 10-25-2006, 07:11 AM
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Re: Lightening images

Auto levels
noise ware
shadow highlight
Brightness colour
Match colour
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Old 11-01-2006, 05:46 PM
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One way I also like without altering the contrast, is in Photoshop, if you Diplucate the image layer, then change that diplucated layer into 'Screen' in your blend drop-down box. If its too light, then using your blend slider, adjust till you find the appropriate light
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Old 11-01-2006, 07:45 PM
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Re: Lightening images

I'm not sure this is the "best" way to do the "lightening up" but I get the pics to look good on my laptop, and then if I'm going to print them I knock up the centre levels adjustment from 1.0 to 1.3. That seems to work for the printer I have, but you may need to experiment until you get it right.....hope this helps.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:29 PM
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So many ways to skin a cat!

Thank you for your input, everyone.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:25 PM
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Re: Lightening images

Here's my go at it with PSCS:

• Shadow and Highlight tool to balance the tones
• Adjust the end points with Curves adjustment
• Adjust the contrast with Curves
• Ubsharp mask at 60% 30 radius
• Ubsharp mask at 100% 0.5 radius

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