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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to take a look at how we can use the Burn and Dodge tools in order to add some kind of creative enhancements to the photograph, in order to add a little bit of dimension and work with highlight and shadow. Well let's go ahead and merge our two corrective layers together. We can do so by clicking on the top layer, pressing Command+E on a Mac or Ctrl+E on a PC. So again, here we have our before and then our after of the work we did up there on the forehead and the eyes. Well, let's copy this. So I'll go ahead and click and drag this to the New Layer icon and this time, I'm going to name this new layer dimension.
And burning and dodging can really help us bring out different dimensions of a photograph. So the first thing I want to do is burn down some of the shadows. So I'll select the Burn tool. Midtones will be fine. A pretty low exposure here so I'll take that down even a little bit more and all I'm going to do is try to find areas where there are shadows like I'm seeing here under this portion of the image. And I'm just going to paint over these. And a lot of times what you're going to do as you paint over these areas of shadows is not necessarily see a huge change initially.
The change will come as we build this up and also work on our highlights. And again, just looking to bring out a little bit more of the shape here that I'm seeing. Add a little bit of an edge to this photograph and also dimension and work on different areas, if needed. I'll press the Spacebar key and then click and drag in order to reposition the image. The nice thing about this is that if we make any mistakes, we can always undo this because we're on a new and separate layer.
All right, brush a little bit bigger and just a couple of more broader brush strokes here now that I did all smaller ones and even the brush strokes out just a bit. And once we've done that, we're ready to move to our other tool, in this case, the Dodge tool. Again, really low Exposure, Midtones, the area we're working on. Now what we're going to do here is just paint in some of the highlights, and we're just going to look to try to follow where these highlights already are. So we're not adding anything new. We're just following what's there and trying to bring out each side of dimension.
The shadow side and the highlight side and just make my way through the image, adding that here and there. Again, as always, a nice thing about this is we can always lower the opacity or mask away the areas where we went a little too far. We'll definitely need to do that here with this one, but let's take a look at how we're doing. Here we have our dimension layer. Here's our before and now here's our after. Adding a little bit of depth and kind of shadow and highlight and changing the way the skin looks. Now a few areas, I went too far.
So I'm going to start off by lowering my opacity just to touch to blend that in, so it looks a little more believable. So now here are my before and after is nice. Over here in the arm, I took it too far on the highlight and the shadow side. No big deal. Click on the Add Layer Mask icon, grab your Brush tool, and then go ahead in this case. I'm painting with black. I have a have a nice low opacity. I'm just going to start to paint away a few of these little areas that I worked on because I felt like, you know what, it was good, but it just was a little bit too over the top.
Some of the areas were better than others. Just want to clean up just a touch there. Now let's take a look at this. Here's our before and then our after. So as you can see, when you're working with this burning and dodging tool, it's going to be a creative process where you're going to build up some of these different effects, and then after you've built it up, you'll have to evaluate your before and after and determine, hey, was that really good or no, maybe I need more here or maybe I need less here and then after we do that, we're going to add a mask to it a lot of times in order to clean this up and make it even better. All right.
Well, let's take a look at our overall before and after. We can do so by Option+clicking or Alt+clicking on the eye icon of the background layer. Here we have before and then after.
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