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Use dodge and burn for local enhancements in Photoshop
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Using Dodge and Burn techniques
Light is always key factor in photography. The biggest challenge any photographer faces is acquiring skill to control and modify light.

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 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 and Burn in Photoshop Elements
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~ tool
Used to darken areas of an image or print. The ~ 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.
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~ and Burn
My favourite technique is, honestly, the oldest and simplest. ~ 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. Take your vision, and curate it with a shovel.

~/Burn (optional)
Although Photoshop does have ~ 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.

~ ( Dodging )
In photographic printing, to ~ 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.

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

2. ~ and burn. Creating a new layer, fill it (Edit Fill) with a 50% gray. Set the blend mode to Soft Light. Use the ~ tool to add highlights; pressing the Alt key will switch to the Burn tool in order to add shadows. Great places to add these details are on muscles or the face.

Color ~ Blend Mode
The Color ~ Blend mode is basically the opposite of the Color Burn Blend mode. In each channel, the Color ~ Blend mode analyzes the colors and does three things to create the result color: ...

~ & 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. ~ and Burn - making parts of the image darker or lighter.
6. Cropping - zooming in on one part to make a better composition.
These should be applied to the one image (no multiple images) and should be owned by the photographer presenting the image.

STEP 2: ~ 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 brighten the snow, I clicked on the ~ tool, set the midtones to 10 per cent and dragged the cursor over the snow until it looked good.

The classic ~ & Burn tools manipulate the local contrast of images. ~ & Burn is still one of the best methods to refine images, because our own eyes are naturally pretty good at judging how the image is going to appear to other people's eyes.

Burned and ~d 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 & ~
8. Implementation of blue channel sharpening
9. Color correction in the lighting layer ...

The ~ 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 ~ or hold back some parts of images to produce the best print.

With film, we were able to ~ and burn selectively to a print. This isn't possible with inkjet printers, so basic dodging and burning and contrast adjustment should be done prior to printing.

You ~ behind cover with single taps, and pop out to take aim and eliminate nonspecific middle eastern insurgents. Don't get too attached to that wall you're hiding behind though, since it can be destroyed as a firefight drags on, and grenades can quickly flush you out into the open.

Consequently, the only post- processing needed, once the image was stitched, was to very lightly use the ~ 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 ~ 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 ~d 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.

~/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.

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

Then I increased the contrast using a Levels adjustment layer and painted in selective contrast on a ~ and Burn layer filled with neutral gray in the Overlay blend mode (painting with white at low opacity to lighten the image beneath and in black to darken).

Photoshop Elements 5.0 and later versions can do ~ and burn. ~ is used to lighten dark areas of a photograph and reveal details. Burn is used to darken light areas of a photograph.
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Of course, you could ~ 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.

They give you creative freedom. You can apply filters, change brightness levels, ~ and burn, etc. without harming the file.
They allow you to adjust white balance after the photo is taken.
They allow for fixing errors in exposure by bringing out more from shadows and highlights.

I also used the ~ tool to overexpose the entire white background. In the shot of my computer screen above, notice how the small white arrow is not touching the black histogram to the left. If we slide this point to the left, the photo will brighten up.

Fast-Fix Tools. The standard toolkits for retouching photos are all there ~, 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 ~ 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 ~ 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!).

generally i feel pretty comfortable with my 35mm but do find that i need to ~ and burn. i just bought a flash and was curious if the same things for digital apply to film cameras and also if i can have my camera in an automatic setting or whether it should be in manual? any feedback?

What editing software and retouching tools do you use?
I use Adobe Photoshop CS4 with no plug-ins. I use the ~ and burn tools the most; I spend 80% of my time dodging and burning. The next biggest thing I use is Curves, for color adjustments.

This is a traditional darkroom technique that works effectively in Photoshop. You can ~ and burn by hand, but for a more even effect, use a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer with a layer mask (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness Contrast).

Just be prepared to grab the tripod and ~ if action heads your way. Even that cumbersome monopod will allow for less camera shake than handheld if your equipment doesn't include a fast lens (max. aperture of f/2.0 or larger).

'Garbage in is garbage out,' an old professor of mine would declare. 'Your work is soft,' he would elaborate. 'You can burn and ~, refocus the enlarger lens all you want but your image is out of focus.' ...

In this portrait retouching tutorial we've got a selection of professional retouching techniques for reshaping bulges in clothes, boosting skin and adding depth with the ~ and Burn tools.
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