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Pete's Tip 2 - Better Photoshop burning


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Pete's Tip 2 - Better Photoshop burning

4 Nov 2008 8:17AM   Views : 523 Unique : 385

I've done this on a video, but for those who missed it.
When burning in a background to make it black create a curves adjustment layer first and adjust the curve so the image looks incredibly light. From this you will see the areas that are already black. Click on the layer below that you want to edit and use the burn tool to make all the areas you want black become black.

Advanced users could create a second layer under the adjustment layer and edit that so the original is untouched. You may also prefer to do the burning in using a layer mask. If it alls sounds unclear check out the video I created here: Using Photoshop Adjustment Layers as a burning preview

Tags: Photoshop Tutorial Adjustment layer Burning in Curves


conrad 13 10.9k 116
4 Nov 2008 8:46AM
Helpful blog. Keep it up! Smile

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Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
4 Nov 2008 10:18AM
I aim to Smile I was thinking the other day after a comment made by Wooly who I met on Sunday that there are so many people on here who are probably writing tips like this by PM daily, just to one or two friends or other members who've asked them a question...shame we cant share. And here's an ideal place!
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 9:36AM
But - it's only of use to people who have the full Photoshop CS.
No curves with Elements.
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
5 Nov 2008 11:28AM
Elements has an adjustment layer option. So you can create a brightness adjustment layer which is similar.

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