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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise we're going to take a look at the Burn tool, which is essentially Dodge's opposite, just as the Dodge tool ends up brightening things, the Burn tool right here, which you can also get by pressing the O key. And you can remember that, because if the burnt a piece of toast, its going to darken up right, and this little hand could be holding a piece of toast. These icons are actually based on old Darkroom techniques. I'm going to switch to the Burn tool, and again, you have your Range Controls and this time, it's more likely that you're going to want to stick to the Mid-tones in the Highlights inside of the image, and this image in particular needs help in the Highlight Department, so I'm going to go and switch the Highlights, of course, Highlights ends getting sticky here in the PC, so I'll press the Esc key afterwards.
Escape does not abandon the fact that you switched to Highlights; it just unsticks an option. And then, it's really important that you reduce the Exposure value. So I'm going to press the 2 key to reduce that exposure to 20%. Notice we've got this Option here called, Protect Tones, and it's available for the Dodge tool too. And if you ever get nostalgic for the old behavior of these tools, in Photoshop CS3 and earlier, you can turn this checkbox off and you can paint with the tool, but notice it's going to give you some pretty awful results like that horrible damage that I just applied right there.
The tools were maybe considerably better inside of the last version of the software. I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac and keep that Protect Tones option on. Now I'm going to go ahead and try that Brushstroke again, and you can see that it's still not what I want to do, but it's looking a heck of a lot better than it was before. What I want to do, is I want to paint across the forehead here with very large brushstrokes, so I'm just going to paint one stroke back and forth across there, and that should do it. Now that does deplete little bit of the saturation, but we can take care of that later.
And I'm not sure the saturation we had is what we want, because it was awfully darn yellow. I'm going to reduce the size my cursor now and paint down the bridge of the nose, in order to darken that just a little bit; I could paint over here as well, like so, just little tiny brushstrokes, as you can see. Another really common thing to do with the Burn tool, and you can decide whether you want to do it or not, is switch to the Mid-tones by pressing Shift+Alt+M or Shift+Option+M on the Mac, and then paint on the side of the bridge of the nose. Very popular thing to do and to add some volumetric detail to the image, you can do it if you want to, cheek sometimes, people will go in and dodge, that kind of thing.
Probably don't want to dodge the jaws that's just going to emphasize them, we'll go and Undo that modification, or the Eye Bags, again, not a popular thing. And in fact, there's not all that much about this image, then I think is dodged critical, I could if I was worried about the gray in my beard, try to dodge some of that away, like so, and underneath my lip on this little bit of gray sole patch. But I'm not really too concerned about those details, I might have just as easily left them. That's in a nutshell, how use the Burn tool inside of Photoshop, in the next exercise, we're going to fix some of the wandering saturation using the Sponge tool.
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