Brightening a photo.

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by john east, Apr 23, 2012.

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    john east Guest

    Have just been sent a photo, and on the attachment it says it is JPG.

    I put it in the 'paint' editor to rotate it through 90 degrees and that
    works alright.

    But it also needs to be lightened, so I sent it to my laptop that has
    windows live photo gallery, which has the facility to lighten it. But when
    in that program, it tells me it cannot process it because it is a 'read
    only' file. Grateful for advice on what i might most simply do to lighten
    it please.
    john east, Apr 23, 2012
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  2. Right click on the file and select 'Properties', then you should see a box
    under the General with 'Read Only' selected, untick that box and select
    Harry Stottle, Apr 23, 2012
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    Whiskers Guest

    ["Followup-To:" header set to 24hoursupport.helpdesk.]
    When you come to 'Save' the modified file, use 'Save As ...' and give it a
    different name; that way you still have the 'original' as well as your
    modified version - so you can start again if you don't like your changes
    after all.
    Whiskers, Apr 24, 2012
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    Mungaloid Guest

    IrfanView beats Paint.
    Mungaloid, Apr 24, 2012
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    spacecadet Guest

    spacecadet, Apr 24, 2012
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    Ian Jackson Guest

    FastStone Image Viewer is my preference for most of my needs.
    Ian Jackson, Apr 24, 2012
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    john east Guest

    john east, Apr 26, 2012
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    MB Guest

    I find that Irfanview and PICASA meet all my needs. But the OP should
    remember the Golden Rule of editing images, never overwrite the original
    especially at lower resolution. Safest way is often to copy to a new
    folder and play with it there.
    MB, Apr 27, 2012
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    Ian Jackson Guest

    Whatever program you use, before messing around with the original
    picture it's also a good idea to save it as a TIFF file, and do your
    adjustments on that. That way, it doesn't suffer from progressive
    degradations each time you save the intermediate steps. When you're
    finished, you can convert it back to the a JPG. [And, as TIFFs are big,
    don't forget to delete the unwanted steps.]
    Ian Jackson, Apr 27, 2012
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