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How Do I Lighten Dark Areas in Photoshop?

Last updated on September 23, 2022 @ 8:46 pm

There are a few different ways that you can lighten dark areas in Photoshop. One way is to use the dodge tool.

This tool allows you to lighten specific areas of an image by painting over them with a brush. You can also use the levels or curves adjustments to lighten dark areas.

PRO TIP: How Do I Lighten Dark Areas in Photoshop?

If you are not careful, lightening dark areas in Photoshop can result in an unnatural-looking image. Be sure to use a low opacity when lightening, and build up the effect gradually to avoid creating too much contrast.

To use the dodge tool, select it from the toolbar and then adjust the brush size and hardness. Paint over the dark areas that you want to lighten. You can also hold down the alt key while you are painting to see what parts of the image will be affected.

To use the levels or curves adjustments, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels or Curves. Move the sliders around until you find a setting that lightens the dark areas without affecting the rest of the image too much.

There are also a few other things that you can try, such as using the brightness/contrast adjustment or changing the blend mode of a layer. Experiment with different techniques until you find one that works for your image.

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