So, we've learned how to use the Screen Blend Mode to brighten up our pictures. What do we do if this method results in too much brightness? for this example, I'm using a photo of my dog, Soka, which was taken the same day as the one of my daughter. As you can see, it's the same dark, dreary type of photo. We were under the shade of the tree, what can I say?
So, I want to brighten this up. I duplicate my layer & change
the blend mode to Screen, just like the last photo.
EEK! The highlights (white areas) are way too overexposed now! It has taken a lot of contrast away from the highlights and washed out her face too much. Some do love this washed out look, but for this photo, it wasn't the effect I was looking for. So I need to make a small adjustment. Go up to "Opacity" and turn it down until you like what you see.
Here, I only turned the opacity down slightly, but it made a big improvement in bringing back some contrast in her facial markings.