Darkness issue?



  • So I have this issue with my images looking too dark. But when I'm zoomed in working on them they look ok? I have calibrated my screen to make it as good as I can but I am starting to think it's a visual trick. Has anyone had this issue? Is the only way to get around this constantly zooming out? I haven't done much digital work so I am not sure what's going on?... 0_1471721398636_dark issue.jpg



  • I think this pic shows what I mean better. I'm starting to think it's pixel behaviour?0_1471722450608_illudion.jpg



  • Hi @Jason-Bowen . It is dark. On the left I just put a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer over it and dragged Saturation all the way to nothing. There's very little contrast so the details disappear. On the right I put down a Levels Adjustment layer and messed with that a bit. It's not where it should be but you can see the difference, especially in the face. It's a non-destructive trick to see how you're doing with values. And you're right about standing back from the piece. You should get up a lot to check it out. You could also try printing it out from time to time to see how you're doing. The screen can trick you.
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  • Thanks Lydia I didn't think about doing that. I will add that into my workflow thanks 🙂



  • @Jason-Bowen I like to use the navigator window while I paint to see how things are looking at a small size. Another trick is to duplicate the window. I believe its under view in photoshop where you can open an additional window. This might help you when you are zoomed in and you can still see how it looks zoomed out.



  • @Chip-Valecek Thanks I forgot about doing that. I will set that up too, I need all the help I can get doing things digitally then again I'm not that much better traditionally lol.



  • @Chip-Valecek said in Darkness issue?:

    @Jason-Bowen I like to use the navigator window while I paint to see how things are looking at a small size. Another trick is to duplicate the window. I believe its under view in photoshop where you can open an additional window. This might help you when you are zoomed in and you can still see how it looks zoomed out.

    I was going to suggest the same thing.
    It is a great tool to use. It helped me with balance issues, when I was zoomed in I couldn't tell things were starting to get skewed. -Until I mirrored the screen. But with the navigator, I can spot it much quicker



  • @Lydia-M I would add a caution to the print idea: make sure you have a good printer.

    Mine is an cheap off the shelf HP that does fine for printing documents but it is completely awful at pictures. The colors and contrasts are always way off.



  • @mattramsey I agree with that my old printer use to print everything with too much saturation, probably to use more ink lol.