Dodging and Burning in Photoshop [Video]

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Dodging and Burning in Photoshop [Video]

By |2018-10-12T13:38:34+00:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Tutorials, Videos|Tags: , |7 Comments

Manually editing the contrast in a photo can add an enormous amount of depth beyond what you can achieve using sliders and curves. In this tutorial I demonstrate a simple and practical method to dodge and burn in Photoshop.

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  1. Zully October 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    What a great tutorial… you make it seem so easy! It’s interesting how subtle changes become such a great edit in the end.

  2. conrad2k October 13, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Good tutorial, Nicole! The thing that I like about this technique of dodge/burn is that it is completely non-destructive and your original image is untouched. You just can’t permanently screw up! It also works in with other great apps, like Affinity Photo.

  3. Mike October 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    What a great technique !! beats PS Burn and Dodge tool by a mile !!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Randy Kahn October 13, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    A better way of burning and dodging is to first add an empty layer, but don’t fill it with neutral gray or anything. Change the blending mode on this layer to soft light. Use the brush tool with either black or white, but set the flow down low, perhaps 10%. Then, simply paint over an area with black to darken it, white to lighten it, and keep brushing back and forth to make it darker or lighter (that’s what the flow does). It’s easy to undo by simply switching the swatch colors.

  5. Victoria Challoner October 13, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks! Great tutorial!

  6. Myron Gochnauer October 17, 2018 at 5:39 am - Reply

    For this and other Photoshop videos it would be helpful if you included written comments or notes that restated the shortcuts you used. It’s difficult to follow the video *and* try to remember shortcuts I haven’t used before.

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