How to Fix an Underexposed Digital Photo

By Doug Sahlin

If your take a photo that you love but it’s underexposed, you can rescue the image in your image-editing software. Many image editors let you correct underexposed pictures, making them underexposed no more. This is how you do it in Photoshop Elements:

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1Open your image editor and choose File→Open.

Navigate to your underexposed image and click OK. The image opens in your image editor.

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2Choose Layer→Duplicate Layer.

A duplicate layer appears, as shown in this figure.

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3In the Layers palette, change the duplicated layer’s blend mode to Screen.

This blend mode brightens the image considerably.

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4If the image is too bright, lower the opacity of the uppermost layer.

Lower the opacity until you get the image you want.