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Contrast and Brightness

The most basic alterations you'll be making to the colors in your image will be done here. Choose Image Adjust Brightness/Contrast... from the menu. Brightness alters the intensity of the light in the image, while contrast controls the difference in shading between areas. You will almost always want to increase contrast just a bit. If you have an image that is too dark, play around with the brightness setting. If you have an image that is faded and gray, play around with the contrast setting. Chances are, you'll probably always want to increase to contrast by about 10 percent or so.

Like most of the other image editing tools we'll cover in this section, the has a "Preview" box that should be checked so you can get an idea of what the image will look like with the current settings. Click OK to apply the changes or hit Cancel to discard them.

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