Landscape Photography Photoshop Tutorial: Dodging and Burning
Learn how to dodge and burn your images in Adobe Photoshop
Here is a short landscape photography tutorial going over the different techniques I use to dodge and burn my images in Adobe Photoshop to accentuate certain areas of the image where I want to viewers attention to go. This is a great technique for adding a little bit of glow, creating vignettes and touching up distracting areas of your Landscape Photography.
The technique is fairly straight forward, but can be used in a number of different ways. The idea is to create a new blank layer and change that layer opacity to soft light. This allows light to bleed through when you paint on the layer. To increase the brightness of an area, you can paint with the color white. To darken an area, paint on with the color black. I recommend using a very light opacity on the brush, sometimes even as light as 2% and brush multiple times to increase the effect. Always make sure you are using a brush selection with 100% feather. If you plan on using the effect in bigger areas, for example to create vignettes, use a large soft brush. If you plan on doing very selective edits, such as paint a little more brightness into mountains, make sure to use a smaller brush and even zoom in 100% into your photograph.
You can also play around with painting on different colors to add a different effect. You can use the dodge and burn effect with curve layers as well, by using layer masks. This technique is best explained in the video above.
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