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Hi @Witness :) .


Do you know about this link here which is a great help in searching for subjects like yours in PDN?


Here is a thread that may be of assistance to you in brightening your dark photo: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/1187-can-i-lighten-a-photo-that-is-too-dark/


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Hi. :)

The thread Pixey linked you to mentions the basic adjustments to lighten images. (brightness/contrast, levels, and curves.)

I personally like the curves+ plugin, as it sometimes does a better job in terms of quality.
And although this tutorial is more about changing colors with curves, you still might find it useful : http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/12191-rgb-curves-or-something-happened-on-the-way-to-purple/

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Hi !

If you like the non-destructive way ( changes applied not directly on the pixels of the master copy ), here are what I can offer you ( step by step ):


Method One :


1. Duplicate the image

2. Adjusts the brightness by adjusting the blending mode of the duplicated image. Change the blending mode from 'Normal' to 'Screen'. You can see that your picture appears brighter than the original one. Adjust the opacity of the layer to tweak it. Rename the layer to 'Brightness' so you can remember what are you doing, in case you want to keep the edited picture in .pdn format for long-term usage.

3. If you're unhappy with the contrast, duplicate the original image again. This time, change the blending mode to 'Overlay'. Adjust the opacity of the layer to tweak it. Rename the layer to 'Contrast'. 



Method Two :


Using contrast mask and here are the link to the tutorial :



Download the pdf.



All the best !


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I personally prefer the Levels adjustment too.



Lowering the upper slider under "Input" makes good results. See what you can do with the other sliders under the Level adjustment tool.



Curves+ is another favorite for this where you simply drag the graph for "Luminosity" a little upwards.

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