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Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow

Now that you've been introduced to this burning-and-dodging technique, I want to take a look at how we can use this technique on two different images, and I want to do that in order to share with you a few workflow tips and techniques and shortcuts that can help make this whole process even more efficient and effective. Well, with this photograph here--I'll zoom in on it a little bit--and what I want to do with this picture is I want to brighten up a large area of the picture. I want to brighten up her face here. So let's create a new layer. Let's change the blending mode to Soft Light, and let's do that all by way of a shortcut. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac or Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows. This gives us the ability to create this new layer. With this new layer, we'll go ahead and name this dodge and we can also choose our blending mode here from the pulldown menu. Now if we select the blending mode here, when we create this layer it will automatically have this Soft Light blending mode applied to it. Click OK and you can see what I mean over here in the Layers panel. The next step is to press the B key to select our Brush tool. Then we'll hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and we'll click on a bright skin tone. Herewe want to change our opacity for our brush. So rather than going up to the options bar, we'll just press the 4 on the keyboard to go to a 40% opaque brush here. Then we'll press the Right Bracket key to make our brush a little bit bigger. It's Shift+Bracket which allows you to soften the edge of your brush. So tap Shift+Left Bracket a few times in order to do that, and then let's just go ahead and paint over this part of the image. And in doing this, I'm going to paint back and forth over this. I'm going to make some pretty big brushstrokes here across this area of the photograph, and in doing that, the image is looking a little bit brighter, but the color is just way off. Well, we'll fix that in a second. Let's go ahead and decrease the brush size so we can paint into this area a bit more. If you need to brighten any areas more, click on that color chip and then brighten up that value there even more so you can then bring out some more of those shadows.

Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow

Now that you've been introduced to this burning-and-dodging technique, I want to take a look at how we can use this technique on two different images, and I want to do that in order to share with you a few workflow tips and techniques and shortcuts that can help make this whole process even more efficient and effective. Well, with this photograph here--I'll zoom in on it a little bit--and what I want to do with this picture is I want to brighten up a large area of the picture. I want to brighten up her face here. So let's create a new layer. Let's change the blending mode to Soft Light, and let's do that all by way of a shortcut. Press Shift+Command+N on a Mac or Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows. This gives us the ability to create this new layer. With this new layer, we'll go ahead and name this dodge and we can also choose our blending mode here from the pulldown menu. Now if we select the blending mode here, when we create this layer it will automatically have this Soft Light blending mode applied to it. Click OK and you can see what I mean over here in the Layers panel. The next step is to press the B key to select our Brush tool. Then we'll hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and we'll click on a bright skin tone. Herewe want to change our opacity for our brush. So rather than going up to the options bar, we'll just press the 4 on the keyboard to go to a 40% opaque brush here. Then we'll press the Right Bracket key to make our brush a little bit bigger. It's Shift+Bracket which allows you to soften the edge of your brush. So tap Shift+Left Bracket a few times in order to do that, and then let's just go ahead and paint over this part of the image. And in doing this, I'm going to paint back and forth over this. I'm going to make some pretty big brushstrokes here across this area of the photograph, and in doing that, the image is looking a little bit brighter, but the color is just way off. Well, we'll fix that in a second. Let's go ahead and decrease the brush size so we can paint into this area a bit more. If you need to brighten any areas more, click on that color chip and then brighten up that value there even more so you can then bring out some more of those shadows.

Okay, well we've definitely brought more light here to this part of the image--here's our before; now here's our after--except I don't like the color. Now you can change the color after the fact with a great shortcut. The shortcut is Command+U on a Mac, Ctrl+U on Windows. And here for a moment I'm going to exaggerate something so you can see what we can do here. I'm going to take up my saturation and change the hue. Now I know that the hue here doesn't look good, but I'm exaggerating this to show you how you can modify what you've just done after the fact. Okay, well I need to reset these sliders, so hold down Option or Alt and Cancel will turn to Reset. You can click on that to take those back to the default settings. Well, here I'm going to go ahead and decrease my saturation. I can also change the hue. By changing the hue, I am modifying the color of that so it fits the overall color palette of this image a little bit better. Next, we can control the overall lightness of this layer as well, and doing that you can see how I can change how much this is affecting this part of the picture. If I want to have a larger effect, well, I'll just click and drag my Lightness slider a little bit more over to the right and then click OK. Well, now that I've modified this, I kind of have the best of both worlds, right? I was able to start off with the pretty decent adjustment, but then I made it even better by using that shortcut Command+U or Ctrl+U to access Hue/Saturation, in order to modify this dodge layer. All right, let's take a look at one more photograph, so here I'll go ahead and open that picture. And with this photograph what I want to do is I want to brighten part of the shadows around the eyes. So let's zoom in on this picture, press the Z key to select the Zoom tool, and I'll go ahead and click to zoom in a little bit on this picture. Next, I'm going to create a new layer. This time I'm going to create a new layer by another shortcut. You know, sometimes if you want to work really quickly, you'll use this shortcut. It's Shift+Option+Command+N on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+N on Windows. This creates a new layer without opening up that Layer dialog. It's just automatically there.

Again, Shift+Option+Command+N or Shift+Alt+Ctrl+N does that for you. Yet now that I have this new layer, I need to change the blending mode, and if we want to be advanced with all of this, we can change this blending mode by way of a shortcut. The shortcut allows us to choose different blending modes from this pulldown menu without having to use the menu. Here's how it works. You need to have the Move tool selected, so first press of the V key. Next, press Shift+Option+F on a Mac or Shift+Alt+F on Windows. And again, you'll only use these shortcuts if you really want to be a power user, if you want to take your burning and dodging kind of to that next level. If you forget the shortcuts, you can always click on the menu and just make the selection that way as well. Well, now that we have that, I'll select my brush here by pressing the B key or by clicking on it in the Tools panel, move the brush over the image, Option+Click or Alt+Click on a nice and bright tone, and then let's lower the opacity even more. Here I'll press 2, 5 on the keyboard, to go to 25% opacity. Next I'm just going to start to paint over some of the shadows. I'm looking to just decrease the shadows in this area surrounding the eye. It's going to be pretty subtle, but I just want to make this a little but more of a flattering portrait, so I'll paint over those. Press the Right Bracket key to make my brush a bit bigger, to make some broader adjustments now that I've worked on some of those small details. And then I'll just diminish a few other shadows while I'm at it, and so I'll hit those here with this same approach. Well, now that we've done all that, let's on our Eye icon. There's our before; now here is our after. Once again, just to reiterate the shortcut so you know these, we can open up Hue/Saturation and modify this by pressing Command+U on a Mac or Ctrl+U on Windows. Here we may want to use the Lightness slider in order to brighten that area or to darken it. You can see that we can really control that in some pretty strong ways. In this case, I'll brighten it up a little bit more. Next, we can also dial in an appropriate saturation level and the color that fits our photograph, and in doing that, we now have this really subtle adjustment. So as you can see here with this technique, you can use it for specific parts of your photograph. You can also use it for bigger areas. This really opens up a whole new way of thinking about how you can brighten or darken, or how you can burn or dodge your photographs in order to improve your portraits.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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