Symone Seven
retouch.jpg

Seven Days Blog

sevenbrandwhite.jpg

How do I use dodge and burn in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Here is a quick fix to adding contrast to your subject using dodge and burn. I especially love dodging and burning clothes when editing to emphasize the shapes the fabric makes such as ruffles. Watch the clip and read below to find out how you can do the same.


HOW TO USE 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 is 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 be mindful of your shadows when dodging and burning. The best advice I’ve ever received when it came to retouching is that shadows/light controls the shape of someone’s face, if you alter that you’re changing the way they look. Since hearing that, I’m always respectful of a person’s natural shadows so at the end of the retouch, they still look like themselves. 



Want more tutorials like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Nikon D750 camera

Pocket Wizard

LIGHT

Two alien bee B800 strobe lights on c stands

One 46” octabox slightly above her head at 7 o clock

One on the opposite side in front of her with a 36” softbox


CREDITS

Photo retouch/director:@symoneseven
Model: @alexusrackley

Shooter: @2worldsmg