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Local Dodging and Burning for Beauty Retouching

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Live Demo: Creating an Action for Dodge and Burn

Chris Knight

Local Dodging and Burning for Beauty Retouching

Chris Knight

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Lesson Info

8. Live Demo: Creating an Action for Dodge and Burn

Lesson Info

Live Demo: Creating an Action for Dodge and Burn

[Instructor Voiceover] I'm gonna do this set up for you one more time. And I'm gonna actionize it, so that you can see how easy it is to create an Action for this. So, I'm gonna come into my Actions tab, and I'm going to, turn off Button-Mode, and I'm gonna create a New Action. And we're gonna call this Local Dodge and Burn. And now it's hitting the Record. And you have to be careful about not making mistakes, during the Action process. So, I'm gonna Create a Curve, and I'm gonna rename this Burn. And I'm gonna make it dark, and I'm gonna invert it. Then I'm gonna Create another Curve. And I'm gonna invert it. And I'm gonna lighten it to a degree. And we'll call that Dodge. Then I'm gonna create my gray layer. We're gonna call this Temp Layer, just so I know that it needs to go away. Set it to Color, and then Create a Curve. Call this Temp Curves, and I'm gonna darken it down. And then, I'm just, for the sake of this, gonna put 'em both together. I'm gonna go in and Stop my Action. And...

what this looks like, I'm gonna go in and delete it so we can run it again. There you go. Nice and quick and easy. 'Kay, and like I said, these are very readily available, all over the internet, just local Dodge and Burn Action, and you'll find a million of them. And they'll do pretty much the same thing. So, that's a really quick and easy way to automate this, just by creating a simple Action. And so there you go. Alright now, like I said, the benefit of being able to put this into a group is I can now quickly disable it off and on, and I think that makes it very easy.

Class Description

Chris Knight demystifies local dodging and burning to show you one of the most effective ways to make skin look amazing in your images! He'll show you how to use one of the most powerful tools in a retoucher’s arsenal. Chris will walk through this non-destructive technique that speeds up your workflow while softening the transitions between skin tones without losing the details you want to keep. Get an in-depth look at skin retouching and take your portraits to the next level.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.1.1

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Andreas Böhrnsen

Great course on dodging and burning and beauty retouching in general. Think he went through all the steps very thoroughly. Well explained and overall a good course. Would highly recommend it to anyone into portrait and beauty photography.

Bjorn Carlen

A highly recommended class! Chris Knight is super efficient and tremendously clear an instructor. He manages to sqeeze so much useful information and tips into this hour, that I have to go back and revisit several times before i get it all. That may say something anout me myself, but I think also about the efficiency of the instructor. Very good!


I have viewed many Creative Live classes and rank this one among the best. Chris very effectively organized his class to impart knowledge. He Starts with an overview and summary level walk thru of the process and then goes into details and does an actual retouch. He concludes with a lesson on what can go wrong and provides practice images. I highly recommend this class to anyone seeking to learn Dodge and Burn. Thank-you Chris for a great educational experience!