Utilizing Dodge and Burn in your digital pictures (Half 4)
After taking a look at what Dodge and Burn instruments are and methods to do it in Luminar and Lightroom, let’s check out Adobe Photoshop. It’s somewhat extra sophisticated than Lightroom and Luminar in the event you’re not used to layers. However, you probably have labored with Photoshop earlier than you would possibly discover it simpler than you suppose.
As I discussed earlier than there’s nobody proper approach to dodge and burn. Your strategies will depend upon the kind of software program you employ and what works greatest to your abilities and wishes. Photoshop is one other well-liked enhancing software program that may enormously improve your photos superbly, however it may be somewhat complicated if you’re not used to working with layers and mix modes.
Dodge and Burn with Curves
Sure, there’s a devoted Dodge and Burn software in Photoshop. However I believe there’s a a lot simpler, non-destructive approach to dodge and burn. I’ve discovered that utilizing Curves and even 50% grey layers (which I’ll cowl subsequent) is way much less harmful and far simpler to work with.
Add two curve layers, and label one “Mild” and the opposite “Darkish.” Improve the highlights on the Mild layer and reduce the shadows on the Darkish layer. Now add a black layer masks and a white brush set to maybe 50% paint within the highlights solely on the Mild layer after which the shadows on the Darkish layer.
You’ll be able to alter the opacity of the layer as required, or certainly alter the curve as wanted. Tremendous straightforward and as you might be solely portray in what is admittedly already there, it’s fairly arduous to make a mistake.
Dodge and Burn with 50% Grey
The opposite possibility is utilizing a 50% grey layer set to opacity and portray with a white or black brush the highlights and shadows. Press Ctrl + Shift + N (Home windows) or Cmd + Shift + N (Mac) to carry up a brand new layer panel. Change the mode to Overlay and choose Fill with Overlay-neutral colour (50% grey). I counsel lowering the opacity of the comb to about 10%. You’ll be able to paint each black and white on the identical layer or create a separate layer for every. That is the way it seems when the layer mode is modified again to Regular.
Let’s break it down additional
Let’s take somewhat look inside Photoshop and the way every of those strategies can improve your images
Take a look at the earlier than and after photos from the video
Which is my most popular methodology for Dodge and Burn?
I favor the curves layers myself, as there may be much less likelihood of creating a mistake. With the 50% Grey layer, you might be portray over areas that might truly be shadow as an alternative of spotlight by mistake and find yourself altering options you didn’t want to. With the usual Dodge and Burn software, it’s harmful and simple to make a mistake. Certain you’ll be able to undo it, however it’s typically straightforward to overlook till it’s too late, then it is advisable delete that layer and begin once more. Assuming you probably did it on a reproduction layer and never the unique!
With a little bit of observe, I’ve discovered this methodology to be the quickest and best one by far. I even have an Motion that I exploit to arrange my curve layers. You should purchase a duplicate of my Portrait Retouching Actions right here, nice worth at solely AUD$5.00 for the entire set.
There are different packages and different methods to make use of Dodge and Burn, however hopefully, I’ve given you an perception into creating this for your self, in a wide range of packages.