Because burning and dodging is such an integral aspect to our photographic workflow, let's take a look at one more example image where we can use these tools to make some improvements. In this particular photograph that I captured, I love this moment and expression. What I want to do is I want to make this image even better by working on the Brightness values or the tone of the image. For example, I notice that this area is a little bit too bright. So let's go ahead and copy our Background layer. We can do so by pressing Command +J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on a PC. Let's just name this light because that's really what we're working on when we're burning and dodging, is we're working on tonal values or brightness values of the image. All right.
Well, let's go ahead and select the tool and in this case, we're going to go to our Burn tool. We want a low Exposure. We can press 2 on the keyboard to go to 20%, or you can press 14 to go to a more specific percentage like 14%. That'll probably work well. We'll then increase our brush size here, and we're just going to go ahead and paint across this area. We're going to be careful to not paint too much. Lower the brush size. We can do so by pressing the bracket keys and then down here on the chin as well and again, just trying to be careful to not go over the top, but to bring in a little bit more density into these areas of the photograph.
Well, let's take at our before and after. Here we have before and now after. Well, so far so good. Let's then work on the hair up here and on the hair, I'm kind of bring up my Exposure a little bit. Because it's not skin tone we can get away with working a little but more quickly here, just bringing in some density, so a little bit over here as well. Just working my way through the image, looking for areas that I think could be improved a little bit here, and then I want to work on the back side of the neck here. Adain a little bit too much brightness here.
So I am going to do a nice big brush, press 1 to go to Exposure of 10%, just to subtly darken this up. So I don't want brightness on the edge of the image. I want the focus really to be the expression and the moment. So I'll just darken this area up a little bit, and I'm going to darken a little bit of the skin down here as well. Pretty subtle adjustments. Burning and dodging usually is pretty subtle. All right. Well, let's look at our there before and after. Here we have before then now after. Well, if we want to do any brightening, no big deal.
All that we need to do is go to our Dodge tool. Lower the Exposure. In this case, again, real nice and low Exposure there, and I'm just going to bring up the eyes here, just a touch. Little bit of shadows, open them up, and I'll go to my Shadows as well. A bit more brightening here in shadow areas and also little bit on her eye. Go back to my Midtones. You can see it's really a progression. We're just doing this little by little. All right.
Well, now let's actually take a look at the before and after so we can analyze how we've done. Here we have our before and then now our after. I'll zoom in a little bit closer so we can see the way that the light is working here. Here we have our before and then now our after. Subtle yet nonetheless some really nice and significant improvements with the Burn and Dodge tools.
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