In this video, learn how to add highlights and shadows using the Dodge and Burn tools.
- [Instructor] Now that we have the color blocked in, let's really make this pop by adding shading. I'm going to show you how to do it using the Dodge and Burn tool but if you'd like to learn some additional ways to do shading, you should check out the advanced course. All right, this little icon here with the hand is called the Burn tool and it adds shadows and it only is going to do it on the layer that you're working in, so since I have all of my pieces in different layers, I'm going to have to go to different layers to use this and that may seem tedious but there's also a benefit and that is I don't accidentally shade on a layer I don't want. So, let's start with the pants. When I'm doing shading, I like to think of it in three different areas. One area is the round of the shading wrapping around the body. The second area is how another article of clothing might shadow on what you're shading and the last are small tiny little creases and I find if you focus on each one individually, it's a little bit easier to approach this. So, grabbing the burn tool, I'm going to go up here and the default exposure on this is 50% but I like taking it down to around 20% so I can build up the shading and not be too heavy handed. Going to make my brush a little bit bigger and for this, I always want to use a soft brush, so you're going to make sure that your brush is a soft round brush and I'm going to start by the overall shading on the body, so I'm going to just darken this side of the leg. Remember, I'm in the pants layer, so it's only going to affect the leg and nothing else. So, this leg is set back, we'll darken this up a little bit. We'll darken this side of this leg. And that's kind of the overall shading I was talking about. Now there's no other garment really in front of the pants, so I don't have to worry about the shadow from something else but we do have all these tiny little wrinkles to shade in. So, I'm going to make my brush much smaller and I'm going to start doing some detail shading. Now every time I lift my pen up and put it back down, it gets darker. And that's how we approach this. If I were to put my pen down and shade, and then just keep going over the same place, it wouldn't get any darker. Let me undo that and let's go back and get some of these details in here. So, and again I can zoom in and move around and really get in close to what I'm doing. Now once you've finished with all of the shading using the burn tool, we can click and hold on it and switch to this tool over here, it's called the Dodge tool. Looks like a little lollipop on a stick and the dodge tool adds highlights and we're going to do it the same way. I'm going to make my brush bigger, make sure my exposure is lower. I usually take this even a little bit lower, then I use the burn tool and I'm going to throw some swashes of light where I think they should be for some bigger areas and then I'm going to make my brush smaller and go ahead and hit some highlight areas to really bring out some of these wrinkles. Now when you're finished doing this, there's one last thing you can do and that is to use the smudge tool. Now the smudge tool lives here behind the blur tool which is this little water droplet and if you click and hold on it, you'll find the smudge tool. Looks like a little finger and you can go ahead and sort of shmush stuff around with the smudge tool if you want to drag out a highlight or shmush in a shadow. So it does give you a lot of flexibility to play around with this. You're not just stuck with what you did the first time. All right, let's move on to another section. Going to do the lining next. Going to grab my burn tool and make my brush bigger and start throwing in my shadows. Now the shirt layer, you can see has some areas here where the coat is shadowing onto it. So, it does give me the opportunity to put some little cast shadows from the coat onto the shirt. And that's how you can dodge and burn to shade and highlight your layers and really bring your illustration to life.
- Why render in Photoshop?
- Scanning artwork
- Using Dodge and Burn
- Using the drawing and painting tools in Photoshop
- Adding color to your images
- Working with scanned color illustrations
- Layout styles for fashion portfolios
- Working with color libraries
- Creating mood boards