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Non destructive dodge and burn technique photoshop CS2/CS3.


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Non destructive dodge and burn technique photoshop CS2/CS3.

23 Jun 2008 10:36PM   Views : 6497 Unique : 3790

Instead of writing about my day to day activities, which would make for a boring read, I thought I'd use this new blog feature. to write some photoshop CS2 tutorials.

Here's a non destructive way to do dodging and burning on an image in photoshop CS2/CS3.

While holding down the alt key on your keyboard, click on the add new layer icon in the layers pallette, (it's the icon to the left of the little bin icon) a dialogue box will then pop up, in the mode drop down menu section, choose overlay, and put a tick in the box at the bottom that reads,(fill with overlay neutral color 50% grey) and click ok.

Next grab a very soft edged brush, and set the brush opacity to around 15-20%, by going up to photoshop's option bar at the top. (To give your paintbrush a soft edge, right click inside your image, and drag the hardness slider down to 20%)

Now painting with white on this new layer, will highlight shadows and brighten whatever parts in your image you want to be brighter, while at the same time - ingoring any parts that are black, and painting with black will darken those areas you want to be darker in your image, while ignoring any parts that are white.

So on this 50% grey layer, both the black and white brushes are acting in much the same way, as photoshop's own dodge and burn tools, and because your painting on a seperate layer, it's not affecting your original image, so it is non destructive.

You'll find that this dodge and burn technique will also make colours richer. If you want to tone down those colours, create a normal new blank layer, and set the blending mode to saturation (you'll find the drop down blending modes menu to the left of opacity in the layers palette), then paint with black and a soft-edged brush, with a brush opacity of around 10-15%, to desaturate those colours gradually with how many passes you think are necessary.

Also if you want the effect of the D&B to be less intense, just set the mode to softlight instead of overlay, but remember to put the tick in the box, that's the most important part that makes it all work.


davidburleson 14 3.0k 3 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2008 9:00AM
Hi Richard,

Love your use of the blogs as a place to post techniques. Very helpful stuff!

helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 5:20PM
This is brilliant. I don't really want to know if you had peas or carrots with your meat pie!!!
Photogene 15 176 Wales
27 Jun 2008 4:09PM
Cheers David, It seems it turned out to be a good idea after all, as it's not just a way to teach new tricks to those not familiar with these techniques, but a way to remember old ones, should I ever forget - it's all written down here, very handy Smile

Photogene 15 176 Wales
27 Jun 2008 4:11PM

Quote: I don't really want to know if you had peas or carrots with your meat pie!!!

Makes me yawn just thinking about what a boring read that would be Helen Smile. Hope you find the tip useful, and many thanks for the comment.

LisaRose 14 172 4 United States
28 Jul 2008 7:06PM
Thanks for sharing this Richard, I am anxious to give it a try. Smile

Photogene 15 176 Wales
28 Jul 2008 9:02PM
Hi Lisa, hope you find the technique useful Smile


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