Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools, part of Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.
The Toning tools, which are the Dodge tool, the Burn tool, and the Sponge tool…in Photoshop, have always been intended to help you change the exposure and…saturation of localized areas of a photo.…But in previous versions of Photoshop, they often did more harm to an image than good.…So Photoshop users tended to stay away from them.…But these tools have been improved in Photoshop CS4, so much so that there are…a really useful way of changing the exposure and saturation in localized areas of an image.…I am going to start by selecting the Dodge tool right here in the toolbox.…
Like a Dodge tool in a traditional darkroom, the Dodge tool will make areas of…a photo lighter and it used to do a pretty bad job of that.…Let's see how it does on this photo.…Before I get started, I will check the Options bar.…Here I can vary whether the Dodge tool concentrates on the Shadows, the Midtones…or the Highlights in a photo.…I will leave this at its default, Midtones.…The Exposure determines the strength of the effect.…
- Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
- Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
- Working with Adobe Camera Raw
- Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
- Creating Photomerge panoramas
- Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.)
Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes. But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you before saving it as JPEG.
Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcutswith Michael Ninness6h 21m Intermediate
Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depthwith Jan Kabili3h 46m Intermediate
Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advancedwith Deke McClelland20h 57m Intermediate
Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Trainingwith Chris Orwig12h 23m Intermediate
1. The Interface
6. Photo Manipulation
7. Photo Adjustments
8. Photo Retouching
9. Raw Processing in Adobe Camera Raw
12. Special Effects
13. Combining Images
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