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How do I highlight and contour in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Ever want to add an extra dimension and depth to your subject without affecting the background? Highlighting and contouring with dodge and burn technique is the perfect way to do this! It’s a game changer many retouchers use to make your subject pop. Take the principles of this age old drag makeup technique to slay your glamour shots. Keep reading to find out how: 



HOW TO HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR USING DODGE AND BURN


  1. Create two curves adjustment layers

  2. Label them separately, DODGE and the other BURN

  3. Dodge is the layer of the highlights we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to SCREEN then invert the layer mask with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I.

  4. Burn nis the layer of the shadows  we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to MULTIPLY then invert it with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I 

  5. Paint on the highest points of the face/areas you want to pop out with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER. 

  6. Paint on the highest points of the face/areas you want to pop out with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER. 

  7. Paint with black on the layer masks to take away the effect if you go too far


My tip is to take your time and build up the effect. My favorite brush tool settings is 0% hardness, 22% opacity and 3% flow. It’s just enough to see what you’re doing but low enough to control the effect with precision.  


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GEAR

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 



CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @imnotmodelmia