Perfect Lighting: Bringing Out Detail in a Dark Photo with AKVIS Enhancer
 

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Tutorial: AKVIS Enhancer

Perfect Lighting: Bringing Out Detail

 

The author of this tutorial is Werner Demuth, Germany.

Werner writes: "I want to show in this example how AKVIS Enhancer (plugin version) along with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 can correct a photo taken in poor light."

    Original Dark Photo Result of Correction
    Original Dark Photo Result of Correction
  • Step 1. Open the dark image in the graphics editor.

    Original Image in Graphics Editor
  • Step 2. Call the AKVIS Enhancer plugin from the filter menu: Filter -> AKVIS -> Enhancer.

    The image will be corrected in Improve Detail mode with the default settings:

    AKVIS Enhancer - Default Settings

    Werner wanted to brighten the photo even further, so he changed the parameters to his liking.

    Changing Settings
  • Step 3. Click to accept the result and return to the graphics editor. You will see the corrected image.

    Werner wrote that he was surprised by how well the program brought out colors and details.

    "Of course in some areas (especially in the shadows) some noise appeared, which I had to correct in the graphics editor. I also improved the tone and sharpness but this is not necessary. For those interested, the following steps detail what I did next."

  • Step 4. Call Filter -> Adjustments -> Equalize from the menu and change its Opacity to 32%.

    Get a more uniform distribution of pixel brightness
  • Step 5. Reduce noise with the AKVIS Noise Buster plugin: Filter -> AKVIS -> Noise Buster.
  • Step 6. Slightly increase the image's sharpness with the High Pass filter: Filter -> Other -> High Pass.

    Note: A similar result can be obtained with AKVIS Enhancer in Prepress mode, or, alternatively, with AKVIS Refocus in Refocus mode.

    Applying the High Pass filter sharpens the image
 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Improve Detail — Improve Detail
   — Prepress Processing — Prepress Processing
   — Tone Correction — Tone Correction
   — Comparison of Modes — Comparison of Modes
   — Post Processing — Post Processing
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Lighten a Dark Street Photo — Lighten a Dark Street Photo
   — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode
   — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction
   — A Child in the Garden — A Child in the Garden
   — Neuschwanstein Castle — Neuschwanstein Castle
   — Ancient Town — Ancient Town
   — Increase Image Clarity — Increase Image Clarity
   — Dark Picture of a Church — Dark Picture of a Church
   — Backlight Photo — Backlight Photo
   — Orange Tree — Orange Tree
   — Technical Illustration — Technical Illustration
   — Remove Smog from the Photo — Remove Smog from the Photo
   — Poet and Doves — Poet and Doves
   — A Black Cat in a Dark Room — A Black Cat in a Dark Room
   — Christmas Market — Christmas Market
   — Exposure Correction — Exposure Correction
   — Correction of a Dark Photo — Correction of a Dark Photo
   — Khan Palace Photo — Khan Palace Photo
   — Lightening a Dark Photo — Lightening a Dark Photo
   — Show Details in Shadows — Show Details in Shadows
   — The Golden Pavilion — The Golden Pavilion
   — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect
   — Perfect Lighting — Perfect Lighting
   — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes

 

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