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Dodging and burning

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Dodging and burning

At the bottom of the toolbar are a trio of tools that are like darkroom tools that you can use to paint in lighting and saturation effects in small areas of an image. These are the Sponge tool for saturating and desaturating, the Dodge tool for making small areas lighter, and the Burn tool for making small areas darker. I am going to start with the Burn tool selecting it from this flyout menu. In the Options bar for the Burn tool, I can select the range of tones that will be affected. I'll leave this set to Midtones, but I also have the choice of Shadows or Highlights.

Dodging and burning

At the bottom of the toolbar are a trio of tools that are like darkroom tools that you can use to paint in lighting and saturation effects in small areas of an image. These are the Sponge tool for saturating and desaturating, the Dodge tool for making small areas lighter, and the Burn tool for making small areas darker. I am going to start with the Burn tool selecting it from this flyout menu. In the Options bar for the Burn tool, I can select the range of tones that will be affected. I'll leave this set to Midtones, but I also have the choice of Shadows or Highlights.

I can also control the strength of this tool from the Exposure menu here. I'll leave that at its default of 50%, and I am going to come into the image, I want to darken the sign a little bit, so I'll just click-and-drag over the sign. The Dodge tool does the opposite. It makes small areas lighter. I am going to go back to the Burn tool and from its flyout menu I'll select the Dodge tool. In the Options bar for that Dodge tool, I'll go to the range area and this time I'm going to select Highlights, so that I'm making highlights brighter.

Then I'll come over to the balloons, and I will click-and-drag to lighten some of the highlights there. The Saturation tool can be used to increase the intensity of color. I'll go over to the toolbar again, and from the same flyout menu, I am going to choose Sponge tool. Now here it's important to look at the Options bar and make sure that the mode is set to Saturate, if that's what you want to do, or Desaturate, if that's what you want to do. In this case, I want to saturate, so I'll choose that option, and I'm going to click-and-drag it over the flag to make its colors brighter, to draw some attention to that area of the image.

So that's a quick look at the trio of darkroom tools in the toolbar that you can use to make subtle changes to the lighting and saturation of color in your images.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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