Avoid dark images in your printed book

Sometimes printed images will look darker than what was seen on screen. What causes this? Here are some common reasons: 

Is your screen set too bright?

  • An image viewed on your computer's monitor will most always look brighter than the same image printed on paper. That's because monitors have light shining through them, unlike the printed page.
  • If your monitor's brightness is set too high, your images will look brighter than they really are. Try turning down your monitor to 60-70% of its maximum brightness for a more realistic view. 

Are your original images dark?

Dark original images will look just as dark (or even darker) in print. If your original images look dark here are a few possible reasons why:

  • Backlighting: backlit images often leave the subject's face too dark because of the bright light shining behind them. 
  • Underexposure: your camera settings may have caused the image to be underexposed.
  • The camera's flash may not have fired when it should have or just wasn't powerful enough to properly light the shot. 

How to avoid dark images in your printed book

  • Shoot your photos with adequate lighting and proper exposure so your images are bright from the start.
  • We know that taking a perfectly-exposed photo isn't always possible so you may need to do some post-processing to slightly lighten your images. (And we do mean slightly. Too much lightening can make your images look grainy).
  • Lower your monitor brightness. Your images can appear brighter than they really are when viewed on a monitor set to 100% brightness.
    • There's no magic number for this but we suggest keeping your monitor at 60-70% brightness. 
  • Use the automatic image enhancement feature if making your book with BookWright. This will slightly lighten and sharpen your images and save you from having to manually lighten everything.
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