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When all else fails: What to do when an image is beyond rescue!

Added on Thursday 22nd of June 2006 06:46 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS/CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


When faced with the challenge of correcting an overly dark image in Photoshop, you may find there are some images that simply won’t cooperate. When that happens, don’t despair! It’s time to get radical so you can salvage something from the image.

As you can see in Figure A, our original car image is very dark. To follow along as we breathe new life into it, download the file from the URL at the beginning of this article and extract the file car.psd. Then, launch Photoshop and open the file.




To salvage a dark image:

1.       Duplicate the background and set the  blending mode of the Background copy layer to Screen to lighten up the image overall.

2.      Duplicate the Background copy two more times or until you are satisfied with the results.

3.      Create a copy of the original Background layer and bring it to the top of the layer stacking order.