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Jul 04, 2013

Dodging and Burning in Photoshop To Bring Light To Life

Dodging and Burning in Photoshop To Bring Light To Life

After nailing your lighting in camera, shape it even more by dodging and burning in Photoshop. By creating adjustment layers and masking them out where we don’t want to affect the image, we can mold the light and emphasize the parts we want. In this case we want to make it look like there’s a beam of light shining from the lamp, so we create a curves layer and pull up the reds and general brightness. By selecting the shape we want, blurring it, and adding a gradient, we get a natural looking spread of light that doesn’t look fake. Think of it as a more advanced version of dodging and burning in photoshop.

Adding Color

Now that we have our lighting looking the way we want it, we can begin to add color to the image. Clipping the shadows and making them cooler adds a film-esque tone to the image. Adding another colored light source to the top right corner helps to fill in the empty space and balance out the composition overall.

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    Christophe B

    Impressive like always, really love your style on this image

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    Rubén Chase

    I play these videos on full screen. And today I felt so stupid trying to close a curves window, when It was actually the video. Yep.

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    Petteri Vilkki

    I can’t see video with iPad or iPhone. What’s wrong? All other videos are playing normally.

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    Andrei Oprinca

    Cool effect. At 7:00 min when you use the gausian blur on the mask, in CS6 you can double click on the mask and increase the Feather which is like using the Gaussian Blur but non-Destructively 😉

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    Socratic1

    Aaron, you made my day! Have been struggling to create this kind of mood for a photo of mine below. You really seem to know what we need to learn. I love how you are willing to share your knowledge. Thank you so much for this tutorial.

    And your Phlearn Pro tutorials ROCK! I have loved every single one of them I have purchased.

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      Wes Jerdon

      WOW!!! GREAT job!!! Really shows JUST how good these lessons are!

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        Socratic1

        Thank you so much Wes! Encouragement keeps me going 🙂 much appreciated.

        You are right, Aaron’s free tutorials are better than paid tutorials elsewhere. And his Phlearn Pro tutorials are a massive value.

        What I LOVE about Aaron is how he imparts more than technique; his creativity and vision is contagious. The mark of a true artist.

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    Gaston Enria

    Love this tutorial Aaron, learn a lot from it and from the shoots with this guy, here another photo of this week, using a lot from this tutorial. Im very grateful for your effort teaching men! Hope you enjoy my portrait.

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    Javier

    Love this tutorials I watched it many times and it helped me to create this picture! and it was awesome fun!

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    Jacob

    Will probably be back again continuously to check up on latest blogposts. ! Contains a great vision of your brain.After reading this post, i really appreciate your effort and my personal request is to please discuss us much more post from now on. Stick with it

    Regards
    Jacob
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