Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Finishing with dodging and burning, part of Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Beauty Portraits.
Being zoomed in and retouching the way that we were just retouching with the Clone Stamp …and a little bit of dodging and burning, you can kind of lose shape a bit about the figure. …In this case, our portrait here, so a good way to sort of bring that back is with dodging and burning. …So what I like to do is I hit Shift+Command+N to get a new layer. I like to clip it to the …layer below, and I filled it with the Soft Light, 50% Gray, and I hit OK, and I get my …Dodge tool, keeping our Midtone exposure at 10% and zoomed out, because I like dodging …and burning while I am zoomed out.…
What I do is I just sort of start burning in areas and dodging areas just to help create …a bit of shape that might have been lost from our retouching. …And I don't do too much. …I mean it depends, I mean this image doesn't need all that much, because like I was saying, …in the beginning it was pretty contrasty, and we didn't lose all that much shape with our retouching. …That's because we pay attention by zooming in and out, and looking at the overall. …
Next, Timothy delves into several core aspects of retouching—skin, hair, clothing, and body shaping—providing real-world insights and Adobe Photoshop techniques. The course describes ways to enhance eyes and lips, selectively sharpen portions of a photo to draw attention to them, use masks to change the color of clothing, and more. The course concludes with details on how to evaluate your work.
- Working on color, contrast, and tone
- Managing layers
- Removing imperfections with the Clone Stamp and Quick Mask tools
- Using soft and hard brushes to clean up hair
- Refining the eyes and brows
- Plumping lips with Liquify
- Finalizing the color
- Finishing with Dodge and Burn