How to Fix Overexposed Photos in Adobe Photoshop

Want to know how you can fix overexposed photos in Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop has been offering users top-of-the-class image manipulation tools for decades already. Being around since 1990, Adobe has already sold millions of copies of Adobe Photoshop. 

Based on the numbers, almost 90% of creative professionals in the world prefer using Adobe Photoshop than other image editing software. 

Photoshop offers a handful of features that allows you to manipulate images, remove flaws, stitch up two or more images together, and even put some image grading for better contrast and color. 

If you have images that are overexposed, you might still be able to fix them using Adobe Photoshop. 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to fix overexposed photos in Adobe Photoshop.

Let’s get right into it!

Adding A Levels Adjustment Layer

The first step to fix an overexposed photo in Adobe Photoshop is to add a new adjustment layer. When you open an image on Photoshop, it will sit in the background layer, which you can’t manipulate or adjust. 

Here’s how you can add a levels adjustment layer: 

  1. First, click on the New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. 
  2. After that, choose the Levels option. 
fix overexposed photos in Adobe Photoshop

Once done, you’ll now see a new layer in your Layers panel. 

Change the Blend Mode 

Nothing will happen yet to the image after adding the levels adjustment layer. You still have to make some changes to the new layer to achieve what you want. While there will be options to adjust the photo’s levels in the Properties panel, we won’t use them. 

All we need is to darken the image by changing the layer’s blend mode. 

On the upper left portion of the Layers panel, you’ll see a tab that says “Normal” under the “Kind” tab. To darken the image, click on “Normal” to access the drop-down menu. From there, choose the “Multiply” option. 

fix overexposed photos in Adobe Photoshop

Multiply is one of the few layer blend modes in Adobe Photoshop that can darken an image. 

fix overexposed photos in Adobe Photoshop

After changing the layer blend mode to Multiply, you should notice that your image appears darker and more details are visible. 

Adjusting the Opacity

On some occasions, changing the layer mode to Multiply will make your image too dark, which is not good as well. To fix this, you can simply adjust the opacity of the layer next to the Blend Mode tab. 

Click on the adjustment tab and drag the slider to the left to lighten the image or decrease opacity. 

fix overexposed photos in Adobe Photoshop

That’s it for our guide for fixing overexposed photos in Adobe Photoshop. If you have questions, please drop a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help you out. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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