How to Brighten Images in After Effects

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Brightening images in After Effects is something that you can also do by adjusting the contrast. Brighten images in After Effects with help from a certified Adobe instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Matthew Pizzi. In this video, I'm gonna show you how you can brighten images and video inside of After Effects. Not all of your images or footage inside of After Effects will be perfect. Sometimes it could benefit from an adjustment, like brightness and contrast. To look at how we can brighten images, we're gonna go ahead and create a new composition. Click the new composition button from the welcome screen, or go up to the composition menu and choose new composition. From the composition dialogue box, you can set these parameters to whatever suits your needs. Go ahead and click okay. And the next thing you need to do is import some footage or an image file. You can come up to the file menu, and from the file menu you can choose import. In my case, I'm gonna be looking for a folder called examples, and in here I have an image. I'm gonna take this image of a canoe. Once I select this image I'll click okay, and it's inside the project folder now. I'm gonna drag it out of the project folder, and place it inside the timeline. With the image inside the timeline, you want to go over to the effects panel. Inside the effects panel you can search for a particular effect. In this case, I want to search for brightness and contrast. As I start typing in brightness, you'll see the effects filter out, and I can go ahead and drag brightness and contrast on top of the image. Once you drag the effect on top of the image, you'll get some sliders, giving you the ability to adjust the brightness and the contrast. Drag the slider to the right to increase the brightness, drag it to the left to decrease it. You can drag these sliders until you're happy with the adjustment.

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