Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals
Illustration by John Hersey

The Dodge and Burn tools


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: The Dodge and Burn tools

In this movie, I'll show you how to use the Dodge and
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  1. 38m 23s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 (CC 2014) UPDATED
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC) UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening an image from Mini Bridge (CC)
      2m 39s
    7. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    8. Closing one image and closing all UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences UPDATED
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 21s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 13s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
    2. Four things to know about saving
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details UPDATED
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 34s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 9s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 47s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 11s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another UPDATED
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time

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7h 45m Beginner Jun 28, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2014

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Get the ultimate foundation in Adobe Photoshop CC, in this update to the flagship series Photoshop One-on-One. Deke takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques that lie behind great images and graphic design, while keeping you up to speed with the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, get around the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects, and perform other edits nondestructively. Then Deke shows how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting color imbalances and enhancing color creatively, and finally, retouching and healing.

Topics include:
  • What is color correction?
  • Comparing RGB and CMYK color modes
  • Using grayscales and neutrals for color correction
  • Understanding pixels and bit depth
  • Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
  • Using nondestructive editing tools
  • Removing a color cast
  • Performing curve corrections in Camera Raw
  • Affecting creative adjustments
  • Retouching an image
  • Sharpening images
  • Preparing for print and web use
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Deke McClelland

The Dodge and Burn tools

In this movie, I'll show you how to use the Dodge and Burn tools, which allow you to paint in brightness and darkness, respectively. Except for this contouring over here in the right-hand cheek, we've got two areas that I don't like. One is this little bit of brightness right there in the center that makes it look like we have a lump or a divot or something. And then we've got this little bit of darkness on the right-hand side that makes the cheek look like it has uneven contouring. So, I'm going to deselect the image there just by clicking. And the Dodge tool's, by default, the last tool in this second group of tools.

And notice that it has a keyboard shortcut of O. If you don't see the Dodge tool, click and hold on the tool and select the first tool from the fly out menu. And then I'll increase the size of my brush by pressing the right bracket key. Also right-click inside the image window, so that you can see by default the hardness is set to 0%, which is exactly what we want. We want a nice soft brush. So I'll press the Enter key to hide that pop up panel and then I'll just paint inside this region, like so. And that gives me too much brightness. And that's because the exposure by default is set to 50%, which is generally too high.

So, I'll press Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+Z on a Mac to undo that change. And then I'll press the 2 key to reduce the exposure value to 20%. And now I'll paint again, which ends up giving me a better result and now I'll paint in another brush stoke right about there. I think I've gone too far, in which case you can fade the brush stroke by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F, or Cmd+Shift+F on the Mac to bring up the Fade dialog box and then I'll try reducing that Opacity to 50%. Looks good, so I'll click OK.

Now let's address the regions that are too bright. I'll go ahead and click and hold on the Dodge tool and choose the Burn tool from the fly out menu. And the way I remember the difference between these tools is burning makes things darker. For example, if you burn toast it's going to be very dark, whereas dodging is the other tool so it makes things bright. Anyway, I'm going to switch to the Burn tool. Again, it has an awfully high exposure value, 50% by default. So I'm going to press the 2 key to reduce that value to 20%. I'll increase the size of my cursor a little bit, again, by pressing the right bracket key.

And I'll click right about there and that maybe goes too far. So I'll press Ctrl+Shift+F or Cmd+Shift+F on the Mac to bring up the Fade dialog box. Change the Opacity to 50% and press the Enter or Return key in order to apply that change. Also go ahead and zoom in so I can better see what I'm doing. It's that little area of brightness right there that I'd like to calm down, so I'll click on it. That looks pretty good, and then I'll increase the size of my brush and click right about there on that area that's too bright. And again, I might have gone too far. So I'll press Ctrl+Shift+F, Cmd+Shift+F on a Mac, and this time I'll just press Shift down arrow a few times until I reduce that Opacity value to 70%.

Click OK in order to accept that change. Let's clicking right about there with the smaller brush. Again, maybe that's too much, so I'll press Ctrl+Shift+F or Cmd+Shift+F on a Mac, take the Opacity down to 50% and press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac in order to make that change. All right, let's go wide again, just so I can see what I'm doing from a decent vantage point. There's a couple of regions that remain a little bit too bright, in my opinion. So I'll increase the size of my cursor slightly and drag up like that in order to continue that shadow from the nose over a little. And again, that looks like I might have gone too far, this is the way things work when you're brushing with these tools. So, I'll press Ctrl+Shift+F, Cmd+Shift+F on a Mac, reduce the Opacity to 50%, press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac and then maybe brush up into this region, definitely went too far that time. So, press Ctrl+Shift+F or Cmd+Shift+F on the Mac, let's try 30% and see if that works. Well, it's actually pretty good. Then I'll click OK, in order to accept that change. You can reverse the effect a little by using the opposite tool. So, I'm feeling like that area is a little bit too dark. So, I'll switch from the Burn tool back to the Dodge tool, and I'll just give it a click, right at that location, and that brightens things up in a way I like.

So, technically it's a destructive modification to work back and forth that way, but you have to be realistic as well. So, going back and forth a little bit doesn't hurt. And now I'd like to reintroduce some texture in this area. So, I'll switch over to my standard Healing Brush tool, and I'll Alt-click or Option-click in the left-hand cheek in order to lift some of that porous detail. And this time I'm going to switch the mode from Normal to Screen so that I brighten up the details, because I don't really want to introduce too much darkness. And I'll click right about there with a fairly large brush, in order to add some texture.

And so this was before that click, and this is after. So in addition to adding a little bit of texture below the eye, I also went ahead and changed out the texture a little bit, as you can see. So this is before, and this is after but it ultimately makes for a more even transition. And that's at least one way to employ the Dodge and Burn tools very judiciously, here inside Photoshop.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/17/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. This includes everything from opening the program to retouching your photographs with the Healing and Content-Aware tools.
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