How To Fix Underexposed Photos In Photoshop

Jul 16 2015

Fix-Underexposed-Images-Photoshop

Do you have those times when you realize the photo you’ve taken for your blog is dark/ underexposed in a few areas when compared to the rest of the photo? You try increasing the exposure to fix the dark areas, but as a result the other normal – bright areas get blown out and look ultra white. Ugh! Don’t worry, I have an easy fix for you using the Dodge Tool in Adobe Photoshop – and it does it in less than 60 seconds, ssh!

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In the left photo below, you can see how the area in the bottom-right looks dull and dark when compared to the other areas in the photo in the left photo. You can see the results of using dodge tool in the picture to the right.
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Okay so let’s dive into the tutorial – essentially it is just two steps, easy!
Step 1 : Open your photo in Photoshop by going to File > Open > Browse your file location. If your toolbar isn’t open, locate it by opening Windows > Tools (select). If your layers panel isn’t open, locate it by opening Windows > Layers (select).
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Step 2 :  In your layers panel, right click on the background layer and select Duplicate layer. You could change name of the duplicate layer – background copy or leave it unchanged. This is to prevent the original photo from saving the changes while you are still editing.

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Step 3 : Keep the cursor clicked on the newly created duplicate layer. Select the dodge tool from your toolbar and start brushing over the areas that you think are underexposed in the photo. And as you continue doing that, you will see the dark areas brightening up! Continue to do it until you feel the exposure in the photo is balanced. You can alter the size of the brush for the dodge tool in the toolbar at the top. For large areas you can use a large brush size to fix it quickly, but to get it into intricate, small areas make sure to use a smaller brush – whatever suits your needs the best!
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It literally takes less than 60 seconds and is one of the best tips I’ve learnt in photoshop.

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  • Thank you for the tip! I’m still learning to use photoshop to edit photos and your tips about using photoshop to brighten photos have been a huge help!

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    • 🙂 Hey so glad to hear that lovely! xx

  • Thank you for the tip! I'm still learning to use photoshop to edit photos and your tips about using photoshop to brighten photos have been a huge help!

    touchofgucci.blogspot.com.au/

  • emily couture

    These are such great tips 🙂

    emily xx

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  • emily couture

    These are such great tips 🙂

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

  • Amazing tip, thank you!

    Jenna / Beauty And The Style

    • Welcome Jenna! 🙂 Happy weekend! x

  • Amazing tip, thank you!

    Jenna / Beauty And The Style

  • 🙂 Hey so glad to hear that lovely! xx

  • Thanks a ton emily! xx

  • Welcome Jenna! 🙂 Happy weekend! x

  • You are such a pro when it comes to photography!

    • Too kind melissa 🙂 Btw, excited? 🙂 I definitely am for you! <3 x

  • You are such a pro when it comes to photography!

  • Too kind melissa 🙂 Btw, excited? 🙂 I definitely am for you! <3 x

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