I want to know if there's a way to equalize the brightness of all the colors of an image. Like, I have a color image, I want to make its all colors' brightnesses the same value.

Ex -

  • H-43 S-73 B-101 → H-43 S-73 B-101

  • H-122 S-81 B-201 → H-122 S-81 B-101

  • H-122 S-91 B-192 → H-122 S-91 B-101

  • H-131 S-73 B-85 → H-131 S-73 B-101

    Thanks in advance

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    This is a graphic design question. Not a photography-related one. – Rafael Oct 20 '20 at 14:45
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    @Rafael It's also applicable to processing photos. – Michael C Oct 20 '20 at 17:45
  • Yes. Almost every graphic design process can be applied to photos. But this is not a photography question. – Rafael Oct 20 '20 at 18:37
  • One need not use a graphic design application at all to do this. Any raw image processing application with an HSL/HSV/HSB tool should suffice. – Michael C Oct 20 '20 at 21:05
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    What is the photographic purpose for you to "want to make its all colors' brightnesses the same value"? Many photo editing tools separate luminance and color as a means to an end, not the end in itself. – xiota Oct 21 '20 at 6:39

You need a program that can handle HSB channels.

Separate the image into HSB channels

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Fill the B channel with the value you need and recombine.

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You will get a weird image.

This process is very destructive, mainly because the H channel needs more than 255 levels, let's say 360 at least.

And by flattening the B channel you are destroying the main source of information.

I did this on PhotoPaint, PhotoShop does not use HSB channels, so you could try using Lab channels.


  • HSB (Hue + Saturation + Brightness) is alternatively known as HSL (L for Luminance) or HSV (V for Value) in some image processing applications. – Michael C Oct 20 '20 at 21:03
  • HSL is a different color mode. But if your application has not HSB, probably will not have HSL either. – Rafael Oct 21 '20 at 9:15
  • Value is max(R,G,B), while Luminance is a weighted combination of the three. – xenoid Oct 21 '20 at 11:49
  • I use several applications with (only) HSL that do the exact same thing as other applications with (only) HSV or (only) HSB. – Michael C Oct 21 '20 at 16:47
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    @Rafael this can be achieved in Photoshop by changing the image mode to "Lab" and applying the luminosity value to the "Lightness" channel. Works very similar to HSL. – 5Diraptor Oct 28 '20 at 13:34

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