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Brightening Up Your Dark Pictures

Postby Lamanda2 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:31 am

Taking decent pictures of your MOCs or figures can prove to be quite difficult at times, and things like darkened or yellowed lighting can sometimes ruin the perfect picture.

One quick and easy way to fix them right up is to take them into a photo editing program and adjust the levels and brightness of the pictures.
In my case, I'll be using the free program, Paint.Net.

Here are the steps I take:

Step #1

Step# 2

Step# 3

End Result

There you have it, bright, clear pictures in just a couple simple steps. :)

Hope this helps somebody out!

~Amanda
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Postby TheBohrok » Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:39 am

Hey, that's a neat program; I've been looking for a good image editing program for my new laptop (all it has right now is MS Paint). Looks like I found it. Thanks! :)
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Postby Lewa Rocks » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:47 am

Awesome! I'll try it on Photoshop.
Edit: I tried it and it works! Yay!
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Postby Traveler » Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:54 pm

Good suggestions Amanda! I find that a lot of times bumping up saturation makes a picture look better as well, it makes the colors brighter and more vibrant, more LEGO-like, if you will. I don't know if Paint.net does that, but the GIMP does, and it's free too. And available for Mac.
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Postby SavaTheAggie » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:40 pm

In addition to Brightness and Contrast, several photo editing software suites offer the ability to adjust "Gamma", this is also helpful in brightening pictures.

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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:23 am

Could you possibly upload your photos to Brickshelf? For those of us who are flickr-impaired?

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Postby Danielas » Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:00 pm

Voran_the_Scholar wrote:Could you possibly upload your photos to Brickshelf? For those of us who are flickr-impaired?

God bless.

Tom

agreed! (Or at least make them deep links.)
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Postby Peppermint Pig » Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:52 am

Pro Tip: Copy the image, enter the mask mode and paste... this will create a selection based on the luminosity of the image... exit mask mode and you'll have the selection mentioned.

Then use levels to adjust either the brighter half, or darker half of the image.

Invert selection to do the other half of the image.

This gives you more control to balance the light levels of your image.
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