Grayscale layer mask tutorial · 1
The grayscale mask method works very well on images, to correct the exposure of dark areas, without overexposing bright areas. Compare the before & after photos.
Add a grayscale layer mask
On the main GIMP toolbar, open the layers dialogue found under
Windows » Dockable Dialogs » Layers
In the layers dialogue click
Duplicate to create a copy of your image and make sure it is selected.
With this layer selected add a layer mask found on the image toolbar
Layer » Mask » Add Layer Mask
This presents you with some mask options, choose
Grayscale copy of layer and check the
Invert Mask option.
In the layers dialogue change the
Mode of the duplicated layer to
At this stage you can play with the
Opacity of the screen layer if you feel the image is too washed out. Alternatively you could duplicate this layer to brighten it even more.