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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
LOST
.

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.
http://free.pages.at/easyfilter/curves.html#Screen%20Shot

Alternate examples using a screen cap from
Ghost Whisperer
.
Original Cap

Screen Layer

Auto Balance

Color Layer/Hard Light

Color Overlay

Curves Tool

Comments

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neenj61
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Sweet
Thank you..I'm new to Gimp and feel completely lost.This post was very easy to understand and very helpful.Do you know where to find more easy tips for Gimp?
luminousdaze
Jun. 3rd, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Sweet
You're welcome! :) Maybe try

http://gimp-tutorials.net/

http://gimpchat.com/

What kind of tips did you need? Icon making help or more complex things like digital art?
neenj61
Jun. 4th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Re: Sweet
Basic info about tools,layers and mixing it all together to create wallpaper.Thank you for the links,I'll give them a try.
luminousdaze
Jun. 4th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Sweet
No sorry, I don't really know of any good Gimp wallpaper tutorials on LiveJournal.

I have a simple icon tutorial with a little bit of Gimp basics, too. Just click on the gimp tutorial tag.
If you find you like any of the wallpapers I've posted here recently you can ask for a mini-tutorial or at least what I remember about how I made it. ;)

http://shinylunarsea.livejournal.com/tag/wallpapers
ladyadeone
Jun. 3rd, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This is quite helpful. I'd actually never used the Auto White Balance before, and it works beautifully! : )
luminousdaze
Jun. 3rd, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, Auto White Balance works great, but Auto Color Enhance? Not so much.
ladyadeone
Jun. 3rd, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
I noticed. : P
straspberry
Jun. 4th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Auto balance and curves seem to give the best results. I prefer "auto color" and "auto levels" modes in PS. Looks so much better than screen in %50 opacity (most of the time)
x3flyawayx3
Jul. 22nd, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Screen and Auto White Balance :)
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