Increase the brightness of an image online for free.

Lighten dark photos online for free with Adobe Express. Fix a dark picture, improve details, increase contrast and brightness, adjust tones, and more. No experience required.

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How to increase the brightness of an image.

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1. Select image.

Upload images from your device or browse thousands of free Adobe Stock images in the online editor.

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2. Brighten image.

Select your photo, then click on Adjustments. Use the Brighten sliding scale to either darken or brighten the image online.


3. Continue editing.

Keep editing and add icons, text, filters, and more to your photo. Instantly download and share online or in print.

Automatically increase the brightness of an image in a snap.

Want to lighten dark photos online for free - be it a favourite holiday click or an important scanned document? Adobe Express lets you do it in a snap without any prior experience! Select the Adjustments option and watch as Adobe Express applies brilliant image enhancements to your photo in seconds.

Edit your image to perfection easily.

Go beyond simply brightening your photo online for free with Adobe Express. Open the Adjustments menu for further personalisation. Adjust the lighting of your photo to define contrast, adjust photo brightness, highlight, and shadow. Curate the colour aesthetic with the image saturation and warmth options. Then, select the sharpen image tool to add clarity to a blurry photo.

Further enhance your image with filters, text, layers, and more.

The Adobe Express online photo editor offers endless ways to create and customise. Enhance the aesthetic of your photo with dozens of photo filters. Or, add dimension to your design by adding new layers of eye-catching text or stunning graphics.

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Design in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil.

No more language limitations! Adobe Express is now available in three of India’s most spoken languages, making it even easier to create everything from cards and social posts to flyers and video content. Design with confidence in the language that feels most natural to you.

Frequently asked questions.

Can I brighten a photo on my phone?
Absolutely. Download and launch the free Adobe Express app on your mobile device and instantly brighten your photo online so you can make standout content on the go.
How can I brighten a photo for social media?
Search for a template using the platform as a keyword or using the Resize option to change the canvas size to preset, popular social media sizes. Then, add your image to your project, apply brightening effects, and instantly download your finished work right to your device to share online.
Can I brighten a specific part of the photo with Adobe Express?
Well, the Adobe Express brighten image feature gets applied to an entire image. There are ways to increase the brightness of an image in only certain areas using layering, including brightening the background or subject only. Simply duplicate your image, remove the background from one, brighten, and then layer the photos.
Does the size or quality change after brightening the photo?
The size and quality should remain the same, unless you resize your image while editing it, or choose a canvas size that is larger or smaller than your original image. If you wish to maintain the same size of your image from the start, select the option to start from your photo.
Can I get Adobe Express for free? If so, what’s included?
Yes, Adobe Express has a free plan that includes core features like photo editing tools and effects and thousands of free templates. Learn more about our plans and pricing.