Tutorial – Lightening A Dark Photo

I initially did this for the Second Life Stock Images group, after Sasy told me my photos were kinda dark.  I freely admit this, as I like darker photos.  Probably cause I am prone to migraines, and sensitive to light.  Unfortunately I live in tropical Florida, when my favorite weather is anything foggy, and overcast, and preferably without the sun.  So I made what I think will be an easy to follow beginners tutorial for how to lighten a photo effectively without ruining it.  This isn’t rocket science, its way super easy.  I have included at the end, where to look for these settings in Photoshop, Picasa, and Gimp.

Photoshop, Picasa, and Gimp are three of the most used photo-editing software programs being used by Second Life residents currently I bet.  If you are unfamiliar with these you probably don’t have Photoshop.  It costs more than your average software, so if you’re interested and know you will use it, I recommend it.  For those looking for an alternative to Photoshop, with the bells and whistles without the price, Gimp is your software.  It’s FREE!  It’s very close to the layout of Photoshop, so you can even watch Photoshop tutorials, and then go into Gimp and hunt around until you find the settings to emulate the tutorial.  It has the layers you need to work with Second Life templates for skin, and clothing creation.  Picasa is a well-known program for photo editing.  I haven’t played around with it much, as I have had Photoshop, and Illustrator for years.

Downloads:
Photoshop (free 30 day trial)
Gimp (free)
Picasa (free)

I am going to insert a cut on my blog here. The tutorial is just a photo with examples of effects/settings, and then where to find them in each of the programs.  It’s a very large photo, and I don’t want it to mess up the feeds Virtually Dressed are syndicated on.  So click-through for more if you don’t see it.  Check it out very large on the Second Life Stock Images group on Flickrs discussion.  Or 😀 Scroll down.

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