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Burn baby burn - Tony Bennet turns up the heat and shows us a way to improve texture and depth in an image using the Burn tool.
|This image of a sky has little detail in the clouds giving more scope for improvement.|
What I want to achieve is a better definition of the clouds, giving them more texture and depth. I used a very large brush that almost filled the sky, so there's nothing delicate about that.
|Using a large brush on Burn tool achieves a more even coverage of the sky. |
Using the Midtone at 3%, just sweep over the sky until you're happy with what you see. If you do it all in one go without taking your finger off the mouse you can easily fade what you have done as an extra advantage. Then I used 'Shadow' at 3% for the lower clouds. If we look at this image we will see that there's a big improvement.
You can carry on until you're happy with what you see. The Midtones have brought out the sky colour and more of the cloud. The Shadow Burn tool has emphasised the lower clouds, giving them the depth and texture that was missing and making it a more interesting sky.
|Original ||Shadow burn at 3% |
|Original ||Burn Tool Shadow and Midtones at 3% |
You may think that the originals here are fine, that's a judgement you make to your own taste and satisfaction. But if this has given you that extra knowledge that is useful then I have done my job. I would recommend experimentation for every image as every image is so different.
Do work on a duplicated layer and not the original to ensure you have a backup if things go wrong. It works great on pictures of walls and anywhere that has texture this is a great tool. Just to add as a final note this can be done in the same way for Gimp.