How To Enhance A Photo

Photo enhancement occurs when digital image processing software is used to improve a photo. From correcting imperfections to compensating for lighting, using image enhancement can take your photos to the next level. The first step is to download PaintShop Pro. The second step is to keep reading the guide below to learn how to enhance a photo.

To change brightness or contrast:

1. Install PaintShop Pro

To install PaintShop Pro photo editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Select Brightness/Contrast

Choose Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Brightness/Contrast. The Brightness/Contrast dialog box appears.

3. Set Brightness

Type or set a value in the Brightness control. A positive number lightens the photo; a negative number darkens the photo. A value of zero preserves the original setting.

4. Set Contrast

Type or set a value in the Contrast control. A positive number increases contrast; a negative number decreases contrast. A value of zero preserves the original setting. Click OK. You can use the zoom control in the dialog box to set your view of the image in the Before and After panes.

To brighten dark areas and adjust clarity:

1. Install PaintShop Pro

To install PaintShop Pro photo editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Select Fill Light/Clarity

Choose Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Fill Light/Clarity. The Fill Light/Clarity dialog box appears.

3. Set Fill Light value

Type or set a value in the Fill Light control. Higher values lighten the darkest areas of the photo; a value of zero preserves the original setting.

4. Set Clarity

Type or set a value in the Clarity control. A positive number increases detail; a negative number decreases detail and focus. A value of zero preserves the original setting. Click OK.

To enhance depth and clarity:

1. Install PaintShop Pro

To install PaintShop Pro photo editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Apply Local Tone Mapping

Choose Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Local Tone Mapping. The Local Tone Mapping dialog box appears.

3. Set Strength

Type or set a value in the Strength control. Use the smallest value that produces a satisfying result. Values that are too high cause unwanted artifacts to appear in the photo. Click OK. You can use the zoom control in the dialog box to set your view of the image in the Before and After panes.

To change color channel brightness:

1. Install PaintShop Pro

To install PaintShop Pro photo editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Select Select Curves

Choose Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Curves. The Curves dialog box appears.

3. Pick a color channel option

In the Channel drop-list, select one of the following color channel options:

  • RGB — lets you edit the red, green, and blue channels in a combined histogram
  • Red — lets you edit the red channel only
  • Green — lets you edit the green channel only

Blue — lets you edit the blue channel only

4. Adjust Curves

Drag points on the graph to adjust the relationship between the input levels (the brightness of the original pixels) and the output levels (the brightness of the corrected pixels). As you drag a curve point, the point's original and modified values for pixel lightness are displayed in the upper-left corner of the histogram graph. The original or input value appears on the left), and the modified or output value appears on the right. Click OK.

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