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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.
Let's begin by taking a look at how we can use the Burn or Dodge tools in order to make some simple corrections to our photographs. We'll start off with these simple corrections and then get to enhancements in the next movie. Well, one of the things that I noticed with image is that the forehead is a little bit too shiny. It's a little bit too bright. So I want to bring the density of that area down. To do so, I'm going to copy my Background layer, press Command+J on the Mac, Ctrl+J on the PC. We'll go ahead and call this new layer burn and dodge and then next we're going to select our Burn or Dodge tool.
In this case, we want to darken, so we'll select the Burn tool because that burns down detail. Now, we need to choose our Range, Midtones, and then we definitely need to lower the Exposure. You very rarely have that high of an exposure. So I'm going to simply press the 2 key to go to 20%, or you can always click and drag this slider down. But we want something probably 20% or less. Protect Tones, turn that one on and then go ahead and change your brush size. You can do so by pressing the Bracket key and here, all that we're going to do is just paint over this area of the forehead with this tool.
Now I'm going to take this a little bit farther than needed. I'll do that to just illustrate this idea. Zoom in a touch here, and then I also want to just darken up these highlights underneath the eyes a little bit as well. There's just a little bit there, kind of even this tone out a little bit and also a little bit on the nose too and around the face. Okay, well, let's take a look at our before and after. Here we have before and now, after. Really, really simple. Well, let's say that as we zoom in, we realize, yeah, it could be nice to kind of brighten up these shadows underneath the eyes down here.
How could we do that? Well, we could do thins on the same layer, or we could duplicate this layer. Let's go ahead and do that. I'm going to press the Command+J on the Mac, Ctrl+J on the PC, and now I have my burn and dodge. I'll go ahead and call this burn and dodge 2. Next, I'm going to select this time my Dodge tool. Exposure, again we want something really nice and low there and we want a small brush size. I have a nice small brush. Now what I'm going to do is just start to paint over these little shadow areas and the trick with all of this, of course, is that sometimes you'll do too much or sometimes you won't do enough and trying to find the sweet spot for how this actually works.
So one of the things I found is by having this on a new layer, we can lower the Opacity as needed to get this just right. You can see that I'm painting around the other area of the eyes as well just to kind of even the tone. I'll make my way around here on the nose just a little bit and just work out some of these little shadows that I think could be improved a bit. Let's take a look. Here we have before and then after. Really subtle adjustments, but keep in mind, we don't want to go over the top here. We want to keep that pretty nice and clean.
Again, here's our before and then our after. To take a look at our overall before-and -after, let's click on the Eye icon on that background layer. Here we have before and now after, subtle yet nonetheless significant adjustments. Well, let me zoom out a little bit because this is a low-res file here so we can see this a little bit more clearly, our final before and after, some simple yet nonetheless helpful improvements to the photograph. Well now that we've made these simple adjustments, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can take this even further.
So let's keep this image open, as we'll be working on it in the next movie.
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