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Dodge and Burn Using Layers

 

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Dodge and Burn without using the Dodge and Burn Tools. This might sound a liittle crazy, but it really works. I find it better to use this technique as it is completely editable. It's an ideal way to enhance highlights, darkening shadows and to get contrast, very selectively into specific areas of an image. In the above image I lightened the water (at the top of the image) and darkened the side walls and the yellow floor. The effect is subtle, but it's supposed to be.

1.Create a new layer in your Layers palette.   Alt-click (Option-click on a Mac) the create a New Layer icon in the bottom of the Layers panel (itís the one just to the left of the Garbage Can icon). This opens up a dialog box.
2.Change the mode to Overlay, then check the Fill with Overlay-neutral color (50% gray) box. Click OK.
3.Use the Brush tool sized appropriately for the area to lighten or darken. It should be soft-edged and set it to a very low Opacity, I usually use a setting from 1 to 5 percent.
4. Set the colours to Black and White in the colour boxes on the toolbar. Foreground (in the front) and Background (in the back).
5.On the new layer, begin to paint with White to lighten areas and Black to darken. Because youíre on a new layer, itís completely editable. Rather than trying to create the effect with one pass of the brush it's much better if you slowly build up the areas for a more natural look.

 

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April 2009