Image Brightener

An image looks great only when the exposure is perfect! Programs like the SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher help you make your photo better with automatic corrections and lots of editing options.

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Why should you fix the brightness of your photos?

A photo is made using two important components – the subject and the light. While you can frame the subject and create a composition any way you like, the ideal lighting always requires a good mix of dark and bright areas as a general rule.
Being able to control the lighting and brighten dark photos is an important ability to have as a photographer. And a good editing program helps you with that.
Whenever you need to adjust the brightness, sharpness and colors in a photo, a photo editor is of great use. Maybe you did not have the perfect lighting, or maybe you have made a mistake in the exposure settings or there was some camera shake. To fix such minor errors, a brightness increaser and sharpener is essential!

Example of Image Brightener..
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How to brighten a picture using Photo Retoucher?

SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher is a user-friendly image editor designed to help you improve your image.
Along with basic exposure and color corrections, it also contains tools to remove scratches from scanned images, remove skin blemishes, colorize black and white photos and erase watermarks.

Follow the steps given below to correct the brightness of your image!

Add file

Add the photo you have to edit using the Add File button. You can even drag and drop the photo into the home screen of the program.

Add files to SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher..

Click on Image Correction

You can see the Image Correction option in the menu on top. Click on it to open the list of all editing options like brightness, contrast, temperature etc. on the right side.

Image Correction..

Make the brightness adjustment

The brightness slider is available on top. Moving it to the right will increase the brightness level, and moving it to the left decreases it. You can follow the same step for other settings like contrast, saturation, temperature, tint and gamma.

Brightness adjustment..

Apply final changes

While you adjust the sliders and make the adjustments, you will get a live preview of the changes. Once you are happy with the final result, click on Apply to create the final version.

Apply final changes..

Save file

The final step is to click on Save As and save the edited photo.

How to automatically brighten a photo?

Sometimes, adjusting all the settings and brightening a photo manually takes a lot of time. Complex lighting also makes it difficult to fix the exposure sometimes. This is why an automatic editing option is so useful!
When you click on the Image Correction option to begin editing, you will also see an Auto Correction button in the toolbar on the right. By simply clicking on this option, Photo Retoucher will analyze the image on its own and make all the adjustments!

Automatically brighten a photo..

The brightness, contrast and color will be corrected automatically so that the histogram and white balance becomes balanced. This auto brightening option is great for saving time!

How can you adjust sharpness of the photo?

Apart from brightness, SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher also provides sharpness adjustments.
After clicking on the Image Correction option, at the bottom of the toolbar you will also see a Sharpen and a Soften button. You can use the Sharpen button to increase the sharpness, which makes all the edges, outlines and textures in the image stand out. But you should be careful to not increase it a lot – which creates and unnatural HDR-like look.
The Soften button creates the opposite effect. It will blend in the details and outlines to create a soft, dreamy look. It is useful if you really need to smoothen out the wrinkles and blemishes in a portrait photo.

Adjust sharpness of the photo..

What is the Gamma correction option?

Similar to brightness, gamma level also affects how light or dark your image appears, but they are not exactly the same.
Gamma setting controls how the image will look on different computer screens and monitors. If it is not adjusted properly, the photo might appear darker or brighter when viewed on different displays.
Gamma controls only the mid-tones, so when you increase the slider, it will make those tones appear lighter and make the photo brighter. Increasing it too much will make the image appear washed out, even though the black and white areas have not been changed. It is advisable to keep the gamma levels around 1 as it works for most photos.

What other features does Photo Retoucher provide?

SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher goes beyond brightening photos and offers many more features. In fact, it contains scratch remover tools and watermark eraser too!

How to remove scratches using Photo Retoucher?

You can restore an old photo and clean it up using the Scratch Remover tool.

This option is available under the Tools menu on top.

Open Photo Retoucher and add the photo you want to edit.

Photo Retoucher..

Click on Tools option from the list on top. Select Scratch Remover from the dropdown list that appears.

Scratch Remover of Photo Retoucher..

The various options available for erasing scratches will appear on the right. Click on Find Scratches to allow Photo Retoucher to detect scratches automatically.

Find Scratches using Photo Retoucher..

You can also click on the pencil icon under the Selection option to mark the scratches to be removed manually.

Select scratches manually using Photo Retoucher..

Once all the scratches are selected, simply click on Remove Scratches. Photo Retoucher will erase the selected areas and fill in the gaps using the background.

Remove Scratches from old photo..

How to use the Remove option to erase distractions, objects and watermarks?

Apart from adjusting brightness and correcting exposure of your images, it is also important to keep them free from unwanted objects like tourists, moving cars, watermarks and other distractions.

This is where the Remove tool of Photo Retoucher can help you!

Open Photo Retoucher and add the photo you want to edit.

Photo Retoucher..

The Remove tool lets you mark the object you want to erase using your mouse pointer. You can directly adjust the size of the pencil marker using the radius slider, and begin highlighting the person, object or watermark you want to remove. The advantage here is that Photo Retoucher will fill in the gaps automatically.

Remove object from a photo using Photo Retoucher..

You can also try out the clone-stamp tool, which is useful if you want to remove any object and replace it with another part of the image manually. Use Alt + left click to clone a clean area, and then paste it over the object and hide it using left click only.
After you have marked the unwanted objects or covered them up using the clone-stamp method, you can click on Remove. Photo Retoucher will erase the marked areas for you and give you a clean, restored photo!

Remove unwanted objects using Photo Retoucher..

How to brighten a photo in Photoshop?

One of the most used and advanced editing programs, Photoshop makes it easy to fix exposure and brighten any photo.

Follow these four simple steps to brighten your image!

Upload the photo you want to edit in Photoshop
You will see a menu bar on top. Select Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast

Brighten a photo in Photoshop..

A small dialog box will open with sliders for brightness and contrast. You can move the slider to the right to increase brightness. You can even click on the Auto button, which will allow Photoshop to analyze the image and fix the brightness accordingly, on its own!
Click OK. The adjustments made will be applied to the layer open in Photoshop. Don’t forget to save the image in the right folder.

How to brighten a photo in Photoshop..

Is there any online image brightener available for free?

There are dozens of image editing options available online, but one of the best ones is Canva. It is easy to use, comes with many fun filters and is completely free. Along with image editing, you can use this website to create birthday cards, greetings and posters!

Online image brightener for free..

Also, when you sign up on Canva, a free account gives you access to 5 GB of cloud storage.

For brightening any image online, follow these simple steps:

Login to your Canva account. You can use the website even without an account, but you will miss out on some features like adding text and shapes, using templates, graphics etc.
Use the Upload button to add the photo.
Click on the Adjustments icon, which looks like 3 small lines. It is right below the upload button.
You will see 3 sliders for brightness, contrast and saturation. Move the brightness slider to the right to increase brightness. Canva will show you a real-time preview of the changes.
Click on the Save button in the top-right corner and download the image.

Which apps can you use to brighten photos?

There are many advanced apps available for both iPhone and Android which can edit images and fix dark photos. In fact, iPhone already has a great editor built in, and you don’t have to download anything else!
To increase brightness of a photo in iPhone, open Photos, tap on the image to view it in full screen, and click Edit. A range of editing options will open up, which you can scroll through by swiping left. You will find a brightness slider under the Exposure option.

Image editing apps for Android

For Android phones, the two best brightening apps are Snapseed and Pixlr.
Here is a list of their features which will help you compare the two!



Snapseed is developed by Google and is available for free.Pixlr is also available for free in Android phones.
It allows adjustments in brightness, contrast, temperature, sharpness etc. However, the sharpness radius is fixed and cannot be changed.Pixlr also allows adjustments of all basic exposure values. It even lets you adjust the sharpness radius.
Snapseed contains a few advanced features like curve adjustments, black and white conversion with RGB filter and automatic face detection for fixing portraits.It is not as advanced as Snapseed, but contains more creative filters, text options and stickers.
Better for advanced users who need extra editing options.Better for beginners who want to edit only simple photos and selfies.

🙋Frequently Asked Questions

MS Paint does not have any brightness setting. To increase brightness in a Windows computer, you can download the Windows Photo Gallery app or other programs like SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher.

There are multiple ways you can increase brightness selectively. You can brighten the whole image and then use the History brush to erase the parts you don’t want to edit. You can also try out the Dodge brush. Check out this article to learn a few methods!

Dark photos can be fixed by adjusting the exposure and brightness, along with other settings like highlights and shadows. Editing programs like Photo Retoucher, Photoshop and Snapseed can help you do this easily.

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