Non Destructive Dodging and Burning
So dodging and burning one of my favorite things and photoshopped mostly so much of working on an image on the computers like moving sliders around and it just doesn't feel very artistic. But painting with light and dark to me is wonderful, but I don't actually use the dodge and burn tools that are included in photo shop and said, I use a slight variation that involves the brush tool. So again, I'm going to create a new image layer I'm going to paint with pixels lighten dark in order to light in the dark in specific areas, but I don't need just an empty layer. I need a special magical layer, and so I'm going to hold the altar cheon windows option cheon macintosh while I click on the create new layer button. Before I do that, I'm going to make sure that the correct layer is active because I want my dodge and burn layer to appear above my image layers but below my adjustment layers, and so I will click on the thumbnail for the top, most image layer on the layers panel on that stack and t...
hen alter or option key on the keyboard and click that create new layer button and because I was holding the altar option key instead of just getting a new layer. I get a dialogue where I can adjust the settings, what will we call it? Of course we will call it dodging burn what else would we call our layer for dodging and burning? I will set the blend mode. This is the most important step for this layer, said the blend mode to the overlay blend mode, which is a contrast blend mode, and it allows us to lighten and darken the images will see in a moment, and then I also like to turn on the phil with overlay neutral color fifty percent grade that's a long winded check box that means make it gray, so with those options set, I'll click ok and now I grab my brush toole let her be on the keyboard. If you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts, I'll choose one of my normal round brushes with a hardness of zero percent I want to soft edge brush. I'm blending the effect throughout the image, and the blend mode on the options bar the blend mode for the brush to will be set to normal. The magic is happening on the image layer itself, not on the brush. The opacity is going, he said, at a relatively low value what I mean by that ten to fifteen percent normally nice little keyboard shortcut with a brush to liken press one to get ten percent for the opacity too to get twenty percent if I wanted fifteen I just press one five relatively quickly in this case I'm gonna use twenty percent just that we get a little bit stronger effects even more clearly see what's going on the flow doesn't matter because I'm not using that airbrush feature and so now I can adjust my brush size although and increase the brush size let's assume I want to darken up the sky for example, I compress the letter d as in defaults to get my default colors of black and white you can see those colors down at the bottom of the two locks and then the letter x on the keyboard allows me to switch between black and white I'm exchanging with the letter x the foreground background colors so let's start off with darkening so I'll make black my foreground color remember I'm painting at a very low opacity a little bit stronger than I normally would but then I just paint across the sky and I get a little bit of a darkening effect if I decide that's not enough I can release the mouse and paint again to take a second pass and dark and a little more all press x and switched my foreground colored a white and now maybe I'm gonna lighten up some of the detail down in the valley here down in the gorge something like that well, darken up this kind of framing area in the foreground, etcetera, etcetera. Again, a little bit of stronger technique in this case, I'm using the twenty percent opacity I might normally is ten to fifteen but makes a little bit easier to see for our purposes. But I'm literally just painting with like, where do I want to pull out more of the shadow detail by lightning? What I want to tone down some of the highlight detail by darkening and just kind of mix and match I can always then just go back to my dodge and burn layer, turn it off and on again, obviously, in this case, a little bit stronger effect, little more dramatic than I might normally apply for this image. But that allows me then to see that before and after once again and if I decide I made a mistake, I can actually just change my foreground color two middle gray let's assume just for sake of argument that I want to undo the effect in the sky I could is that the brightness in the color pictures? I just clicked on the color swatch for my foreground color set the brightness value to fifty percent. Bring my opacity up to one hundred percent. And now I'm painting with middle grade, which is, remember that neutral color. That's. They don't have any effect in this area color, and I'll just paint with that middle gray to erase the effect in the sky, for example. And if I really want to see what I've done on that dodge and burn layer, I can turn off my other image layers and look at just the dodge and burn layer all by itself, so that I can see. Ok, obviously, I lightened in this area. I darkened in this area. This area was left alone, et cetera, so