Non Destructive Dodging & Burning – Photoshop Video Tutorial

[singlepic=257,103,240,web20,left]Hello once again! 🙂

Here’s a Photoshop ™ tutorial on Dodging and Burning with a twist. Doing it a a separate layer so as to not alter or “degrade” the quality of your original image. This technique is especially useful for stock photographers that go through severe quality control at certain stock agencies. Enjoy and have a great day.

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Sakaasa from IstockPhoto suggested this and since the video is already up here’s her quote! It’s a great tip!

“It is an easy task to paint the grey layer back in place by choosing neutral gray (rgb=128-128-128) for your color, set the brush to 100% and paint over the area you want to repair. Once the grey is back, continue burning and dodging.”

19 responses on "Non Destructive Dodging & Burning - Photoshop Video Tutorial"

  1. You are doing a wonderful job of helping so many people in here. It’s people like you that make life meaningful…thanks a million Yanik…

  2. Thanks a million for this excellent tutorial, that IS really helpful!
    Will be waiting for some more!
    Warmest wishes from snowy Russia :o)

  3. Thanks for such a quick response….I would assume that if you are selling a lot of your work through istock etc, that this method is not damaging the underlying image , because as you say, they are quite fussy and sometimes refuse images that have artifacting due to such stuff as dodging and burning. I’ll have some test prints done and have a close look at this and will report back here in a few days in case this is of interest to anyone else here.
    By the way ….really good tutorials and thanks for putting in all the effort, love your work too.

  4. @ candi

    I can’t really give much technical details on what happens once you flatten your image but I can tell you that the main purpose of working with layer masks is to not “destroy” pixels during post processing. I always flatten my images. I rarely keep PSD files.

    Maybe some more technically savvy PS reader could answer… 🙂

  5. Hi Yanik- great tutorial on non-destructive dodge and burn. I have a question…as this is all happening on an adjustment layers so as not to damage pixels on original image layer ..what happens when you’ve finished work on the image and want to flatten ,or merge layers. Will this not then apply that damage to the underlaying image, or does this image need to be kept and used with separate layers. For example, if that image has to be used in a program that doesn’t support images with layers, or if it needs to printed by a commercial printer?

  6. Yanik – I am a brand new photoshop user and your tutorials are insightful, entertaining, informative, and easy to follow. I cannot thank you enough for helping me turn good photos into wonderful treasures. Keep up the great work!

  7. Great tutorial!

  8. I love seeing how other people get things done. I would have never thought of not using the dodge and burn tools to dodge and burn! Thanks. Look forward to more tutorials.

  9. This was awesome – thank you! I immediately tried it on a pic of an outdoor shot that was a bit blown out. It worked like a charm AND I finally understand a bit of the mysterious world of MASKS! Mwah hahahahaha!

  10. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Very helpful, thanks
    Looking forward for more 🙂

  12. Wow, if I could come over and give you a hug I would! I have been trying to figure out photoshop by myself for what seems like forever. I can’t wait to watch all your tutorials!

  13. Brilliant! I’m going to try that today..
    Looking forward to the next one too – very interested in alternatives to polarizers.

    Thanks 🙂

  14. Nice! you can also use the dodge and burn tool in this grey layer.

  15. Thanks for this Yanik… I had read the original on DPC but had forgotten the bit about using soft light as the blend mode
    great blog keep up the good work


  16. Thanks Yanik! Nice simple tutorial.

  17. Wow! I had really been doing it the HARD way. Your walkthroughs are excellent and very easy to understand. I look forward to seeing more tutorials from you and have bookmarked this. Thanks!

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