𝓢tephie ⩰ ℒuminousdaze (luminousdaze) wrote,
𝓢tephie ⩰ ℒuminousdaze

Brightening Dark Screen Captures in Gimp

Tips for brightening dark screen captures in Gimp. Translatable to any program with layers and/or curves.
This isn't an in depth tutorial it's more of an overview of options available to brighten dark screen captures and pictures.
There are a few ways to brighten dark screen caps in Gimp which I will show you in this entry.

Here is a dark screen cap from

Original Cap
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1. ) Screen Layer - Easy & most popular way to brighten up caps.

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2.) Auto White Balance - Extremely easy and gets good results with dark contrast.

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3.) Hard Light Layer set over a color filled layer (light or pale colors work best). This can be used to add different color tones/hues instead or just use white.

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4.) Filled color layer set on Overlay (also works with light colored gradient)

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5.) Curves Tool
Takes a little time to work with but you can get some pretty results.

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6.) SmartCurves plug in (may not work with all programs) similar results as using the Curves tool.

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Curves can be adjusted using the built in Curves tool or if you prefer you can download the SmartCurve plug in is here. I personally find it easy to use with Gimp 2.6.

Alternate examples using a screen cap from
Ghost Whisperer
Original Cap

Screen Layer

Auto Balance

Color Layer/Hard Light

Color Overlay

Curves Tool
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