Add brightness to photos in Photoshop

At times the weather can be very changeable, especially in the UK. Very often one has to leave home in full combat readiness for any vicissitudes of the weather. The photo below with the model Jess for the Angela Stringer Corsetry advertising campaign was made on a rainy August day.

Using this snapshot as an example, Tigz Rice will show you how to increase the brightness in a photo and make it more summer. With the help of a light correction, she edited the tonality of the image, and then refined some sections and added “warmth”.

The end result turned out to be a bright, juicy and magnificent summer day, without a hint of bad weather.

Step 1

Open the desired photo in Photoshop and duplicate the layer twice by pressing Ctrl + J.

Step 2

The highest copy is called “Juiciness”, and the middle copy is called “Light”. The layers panel should look like the screenshot below.

Step 3

First let’s analyze the current lighting in the photo. Select the “Light” layer and at the top of the layers panel switch the blending mode to Screen (Lightening). The result will be too bright, so reduce Opacity (opacity) layer up to about 40%.

Step 4

Next, at the bottom of the layers panel, click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask). We take a soft black brush (B), check that a mask is selected on the layers panel, and draw in those places where we want to remove the appearance of the effect.

Step 5

Now let’s add more saturation. Select the “Juiciness” layer and switch its blending mode to Soft Light (Soft light). Also reduce Opacity (opacity) to about 40%.

Step 6

Add a mask for the “Juiciness” layer and repeat the steps from step 4 and hide the effect with a black brush where it is not needed.

Step 7

We pack everything into a smart object. This is very useful when you need to group objects in a single layer, and then add additional effects on top of it. And if you double-click on a smart object, its contents will open in a separate tab, which you can also edit.

With the Ctrl key held down, select the desired layers, click on them with the right mouse button and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object).

Step 8

Now only one layer should remain on the layers panel.

Step 9

We have done most of the editing, let’s add the final touches using the Camera Raw filter. Move on Filter – Camera Raw (Filter – Camera Raw).

Step 10

In the dialog box that opens, configure Exposure (Exhibit). The value depends on your photo. In my example, I literally slightly reduced the exposure.

Step 11

Immediately above Exposure (Exhibit) is a section White Balance (White balance). There are too many blue tones in the photo, so I slightly increased Temperature (Temperature).

Use the arrow keys to make fine adjustments.

Step 12

Now in the Camera Raw window go to the tab Effects (Effects), which is under the histogram, and slightly increase the parameter Dehaze (Remove haze).

Step 13

You can also add more warm tones on the tab. Split Toning (Split tones), which is also under the histogram. We start with the parameters Highlights (Sveta). Slider Hue (Color tone) is transferable to yellow and set Saturation (Saturation) by about 3.

Step 14

Then we go down to Shadows (Shadows). Here we also move the slider Hue (Color tone) on the yellow color and set Saturation (Saturation) by about 8.

Step 15

On the same tab, move the slider Balance (Balance) left and right, until we find the perfect combination of warm colors between light and shadows. The shift to the left will add more tones to the shadows, and to the right – to the light.

When finished, click OK to apply the changes and return to the working document. Then you can continue to edit the photo as usual.

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