Fun with Dodging and Burning in Photoshop

by Allisa Carter on May 15, 2012

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OK, so you’ve taken the per­fect pic­ture — only when you go to process it, you notice that there are shad­ows and/​or high­lights that make it less than per­fect after all. No need to toss it into the dig­i­tal trash bin, though — instead you can use the Dodge and Burn tools in Adobe Photoshop to fix the problem.

For exam­ple, I took this image of some sheep in the woods and loved the smi­ley face of the lit­tle lamb. How­ever, in the orig­i­nal a dark shadow was cast across the lamb’s face and the mother ewe’s face was dis­tract­ingly uneven. It was time to hit the video2brain library for a solution.

In this free les­son from his course Adobe Photoshop Ele­ments 10: Learn by Video, Tim Grey showed me how to use the Dodge and Burn tools — and I had a feel­ing that just might do the trick for my shad­owed sheep. Tim’s recently released course Photoshop CS6 Image Opti­miza­tion Work­shop also offers some great tips on dodg­ing and burning.

I am embar­rassed to admit that I was ini­tially intim­i­dated by the Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop. It just sounded so tech­ni­cal. How­ever, once Tim showed me that it’s really just paint­ing with light and shadow, I was able to vastly improve my image. I was thrilled to add these tools to the arse­nal of “things I know how to do in Photoshop.”

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