This tutorial will show you a nice easy way to lighten your images as a whole to make them more appealing in a card format. I will mention that some images will need more detail work to make them more appealing.
First things first, you have to have chosen your image, I’ve selected a lovely cap from Shadow of reflection featuring Alice from Resident Evil: Afterlife.
As you can see I’ve already resized it, and it seems fairly dark so we want to lighten it up. Easiest way to do that is by using the Exposure tool.
Which you can find under Image > Adjustments > Exposure
Once your exposure tool box is open, start by playing with the ‘Gamma Correction’ slider at the bottom of the box.
Moving the slider to the left will lighten the image and moving the slider to the right will darken the image.
As you can see, the image is a little bit lighter but the background is still a bit dark. Lets fix that.
Move to the top slider, where it says ‘Exposure’, with this slider if you go to the right the image will lighten and if you go left it will darken.
Again our image is looking a lot brighter, much better for card usage. Only thing is it looks alittle washed out and pale. It needs a bit of contrast.
Go to the final slider, ‘offset’. Use this one to add and remove contrast to the image. The detail has become much more evident in this final step.
Looks alot better than the image we started with doesnt it?
Once you have put the image into the your card template you can adujust the image again if you think it needs it or you can just sharpen it and be done!
Finished product :
Or in a card format :