How To Adjust Exposure Levels From A Negative Scan With GIMP

Free tips on how to fix negative scan exposure using GIMP

If Your Negative Scans Are Coming Out Too Dark Or Bright, Here's How To Fix This

After reading these free tips, you'll learn...

  • One easy step on how to adjust negative scan exposure in GIMP
  • How to brighten your negative scan when it's too dark
  • To fix your negative scan if it's too blown out, and bright
  • Once you understand how to fix exposure, the rest of your negative scans will go faster
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Here's A Before And After Photo Scan Fixed In GIMP

The image below is blown out and too bright. Meaning, it's over exposed.

Photo scan that is blown out and too bright

My goal is to show you how to get the image below with only ONE step!

Photo scan exposure that is fixed in GIMP

Ready? Let's go...

Step 1. Here's How To Adjust Exposure From A Negative Scan In GIMP

Very simple. You'll be using the "Levels" tool. Here's the command...

  • GIMP > Colors > Levels

And you'll see something like this...

How to adjust Levels in GIMP to fix negative scan exposure

Here's how to use Levels...

Do you see the "Input Levels"? Now do you see the gray arrow, in the middle?

Well, say your negative scan is too dark, then move the gray arrow left, toward the black arrow. That will brighten up your image.

If your negative is too bright (say a beach or outdoor photo) move the gray arrow right toward the white arrow. This will darken it a bit.

That's it my friend! You're done.

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