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Use dodge and burn for local enhancements in Photoshop
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Dodge and burn can be applied directly to the image using either the original image or a duplicated layer. However in both cases you are modifying the image. The side effects can be an alteration in the hue and a change in pixel arrangement.

Dodge and Burn Tools
Figure 1: Dodge and Burn Adjustments
The Dodge and Burn tools were designed specifically to lighten and darken tones in an image.

Dodge and Burn in Photoshop Elements
What if you want to fix a part of an image that was overexposed or underexposed? Maybe you want to draw emphasis to a certain part of your photo.

Dodge modes:
The Screen blend mode inverts both layers, multiplies them, and then inverts that result.
The Color Dodge blend mode divides the bottom layer by the inverted top layer.

Dodge tool
Used to darken areas of an image or print. The Dodge tool's name comes from the traditional photographer's method of reducing the amount of light made available when exposing the film to get the picture.
Docking ...

Dodge and Burn
My favourite technique is, honestly, the oldest and simplest. Dodge and burn. Pop that sucker, make it hit the viewer in the face. Overwhelm them with beauty, with majesty, with attitude, with whatever your subject has.

Dodge/Burn (optional)
Although Photoshop does have dodge and burn tools, I find them very hard to use. Instead, I add a Levels Adjustment layer, and mask in shifts in white and black points to darken or lighten areas.

Dodge - To lighten a small area of the picture in an image editing software or a darkroom.

Dodge ( Dodging )
In photographic printing, to dodge a print is to reduce the exposure in a section of the image to make that area lighter. Compare this to the technique of burning.

Dodge tool. For lightening areas in a digital image. See also Burn.

Dodge & Burn brushes are very instrumental for correcting unevenness of the skin (such as cellulite) without any loss of texture. Their use is also very effective for localized enhancement of dimensional appearance of a subject's form.

4. Dodge and Burn - making parts of the image darker or lighter.
6. Cropping - zooming in on one part to make a better composition.

STEP 2: Dodge Tool - When I worked in the darkroom, I loved to locally control the density of specific areas on the print by dodging and burning.

To use the dodge tool (set it only to dodge highlights). First, I zoom to 200% on the photo and carefully dodge around the item to isolate about an inch from the object.

The classic Dodge & Burn tools manipulate the local contrast of images.

Burned and dodged for emphasis.
I did this with adjustment layer masks in Photoshop, but you can do this selective lighting and darkening in most software, as well as a real darkroom. Want to know what made Ansel Adams who he was?

7. Burn & Dodge
8. Implementation of blue channel sharpening
9. Color correction in the lighting layer ...

The Dodge Tool, Burn Tool, and something called the Sponge Tool all share one such location. By clicking on whichever one is visible and holding the mouse button down, you will get a fly-out menu that will let you reach the others.

Dodging As discussed before in contact printing, you may often find it necessary to dodge or hold back some parts of images to produce the best print.

To put the final touches on an image, I slightly dodge and burn selective areas. This can be done in two different ways. I sometimes dodge and burn by hand with a soft brush and paint in the effects.

You dodge behind cover with single taps, and pop out to take aim and eliminate nonspecific middle eastern insurgents.

Consequently, the only post- processing needed, once the image was stitched, was to very lightly use the dodge tool to lighten the darker trunks, and then apply a low-level ‘unsharp mask’ to the image to ensure a slick final print.

Duplicate the "neg" twice, set blend mode to Color Dodge on the first one, and Soft Light on the second one. Add a Curves layer to control contrast, and a Hue-Lightness-Saturation layer with Colorize to correct the "cold" look.

But I dodged the rain, it started coming down in torrents just as I got back in the car. Despite the shortened hike, I did manage to capture some of what is going on in the woods at the moment.

Dodge/Burn Tools: Similar to traditional darkroom, dodging lightens and burning darkens parts of the image.
Hue/Saturation: Hue allows you to adjust the color and saturation controls richness or intensity.
Variations.

In the old darkroom days, the only choice the photographer had was to dodge or burn.

Photoshop Elements 5.0 and later versions can do dodge and burn. Dodge is used to lighten dark areas of a photograph and reveal details. Burn is used to darken light areas of a photograph.
Use the Camera Brain to help reproduce what you visualized! ...

Of course, you could dodge these fees simply by paying for your foreign currency with cash. Just remember that withdrawing money using a credit card in order to do so could prove very costly and is best avoided.

Fast-Fix Tools. The standard toolkits for retouching photos are all there Dodge, Burn, Smudge and Remove Red Eye. You can also do auto adjustments on color balance, brightness and contrast, amongst other correction tools.

Can I burn or dodge something? What does this print need, and how do I get there? What would it take to make this thing come alive? Having some high-quality prints on hand is one way to learn this, having the afore-mentioned mentor is another.

I know it's easy to see someone else with a camera and quickly try to dodge out of the way equipped with every excuse in the book (My hair's a mess! Pictures make me look fat! I'm dressed like a bum!).

They give you creative freedom. You can apply filters, change brightness levels, dodge and burn, etc. without harming the file.
They allow you to adjust white balance after the photo is taken.

See also: See also: Light, Image, Photograph, Time, Camera

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