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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this chapter and in the subsequent movies we are going to start to talk about burning and dodging. In this initial movie, I want to de-construct how these Burn and Dodge tools work inside a Photoshop. In the other movies we will be using this tools as well as some other techniques. Let's open up the file happy_ grandparents.tif. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then double-click the Zoom tool. Here are my folks with the few of a grandkids and you know what? I don't think my parents are happier than when they have their grandkids in there arms. And what I want to do with this photo is just start to talk about how we can burn and dodge. Dodge is a tool that brightens burns is a tool that darkens. We need a copy our background layer, because we don't want to apply the burning and dodging into this layer; we want to apply to a copy so that we can always undo this.
Next thing that I'm going to do is select Midtones and crank my exposure up to 100%. Now this is a new feature inside of Photoshop. Protect Tones, what is it do? Let's turn this off and I'm going to go add increase my brush size a little bit and paint around my dad's hair and I also around my dad's forehead. Now when I do that I see, you know what? That just looks horrible. I have problems with the color and I have problems with the tone and we can see that as I paint over this more and more, it just looks horrible. Well, let's undo that. OK, I have undone that all the way. This time, I click on protect tones and I'm going to do the same exact brush strokes as I'd done before, just going to go ahead and paint across this and take a look at how much better that works. Now it doesn't look good. And that's not the intent, yet the intent is to point out how amazing this Protect Tones feature is. What it does is it actually prevents certain tones from being clipped and so the color and the density, all these thing are going to look so much better.
We can also do this when we are working with our different ranges, our shadows, our highlights and there is a option as well for the Dodge tool. Same thing, Protect Tones. OK, well now that we know how this works, let's undo all of this edits. Go back to the Burn tool, lower the exposure, probably about 30 percent or so. Protect Tones is on. Next I want to just slowly paint across my dad's forehead here and I'm just going to do this for some subtle brush strokes and try to build this up a little bit. And the nice thing about this is if I make a mistake, I can always undo this. Lower my opacity a little bit more here, because it's on a new layer. So here is my before and after.
I'm going to then go over Eva's hair here, make my exposure even a little bit lower, just like to darken this up just a touch. Little bit on Stewie's head there and then a little bit over here on Annika as well. Again slowly building this up, few brush strokes. Let's look it before and after, before and after, bringing down some of those bright tones and again because this is on its own layer we can lower the opacity until we find just the right mix in order make this image look even better. All right, well the intent of this movie was just to show you that these tools exist and to begin to get you to think about how you can use them and also to point out that we now have this new feature Protect Tones. All right well, let's continue to talk and learn about burning and dodging and we will do that in the next few movies.
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