24. Taking Care of the Midtones/ Brightness

If you made adjustments to your photograph for pure blacks and whites, you may notice that all the tones in the picture aren’t as bright.  All of these adjustments you are making are subjective, do them or don’t – it’s your choosing, to your liking.

  • Select an image and go to into the Edit Tab/full edit mode
  • On the menu bar: Enhance> Adjust Lighting > Levels
  • Window appears with histogram.  Holding down the Alt key and Clicking – move the middle slider; to the right darkens and to the left lightens.
  • In this Levels dialog box/window look for the Preview on the right.  If there is a check mark in the box, you’ll see the adjustments to the image.  Uncheck the box to see what the image looked like before.
  • Click OK when you are finished adjusting.  You can always use the History palette to go back and readjust at any time by clicking on the level and repeating the process listed.  You might also decide to delete the layer from the history palette and start again.  (To delete a level in the History palette: right click on the level and select delete.)
In Blog post #23 the blacks and whites were both adjusted before selecting OK.  You might choose to adjust the blacks, select OK, then go back up to the menu: Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Levels to adjust the whites, select OK, AND repeat this trip up to the menu, etc. to adjust the midtones.  This puts each adjustment on its own line in the History Palette for easy access and adjustments should you change your vision for the image later.
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