Smart Dodge & Burn Photoshop Actions

  • Difficulty
  • Length
    15 mins
  • Software
  • Compatibility
    Photoshop CS6 & Newer


Get pro-level dodging and burning in just a few clicks! Enhance highlights and shadows with our custom Photoshop Action that’s simple to use and fully customizable.


  • 5 Sample Images
  • 1 Photoshop Action
  • 1 Photoshop Install Video
  • 1 PDF Quick Install Guide


Target Highlights, Mid-Tones & Shadows

Instantly Enhance any Photo

Dodging and Burning is an extremely powerful technique that can sculpt, contour, and enhance the details of your subject.



Smart Dodge & Burn

Dodging and burning involves sculpting the highlights and shadows of an image to add contrast and definition. Used by professional compositers, retouchers, and image creators, it’s one of the most powerful and effective techniques out there!

Pro-Results in an Instant

With our Smart Dodge & Burn Photoshop Action, getting a professional finish on your images has never been easier. Instantly add shape and definition to any photo–portraits, landscapes, and everything in between.

Large & Small Details

Our Dodge and Burn Action can be used on small detail areas, like the eyes, lips, and skin to even out exposure and draw more attention to a subject’s key features. You can also use it sculpt larger textures and shapes, like emphasizing a person’s musculature or the details in a landscape.



Why Dodge & Burn?

Dodging and burning is both powerful and versatile. You can use it to add definition to any image that feels a little flat, emphasize interesting shapes and textures, or to guide the eyes of the viewer to areas of a photo that matter most.

Highlights & Shadows

Our Smart Dodge & Burn Action is a great tool that can help you even out the lighting and exposure of an image. Reduce dark spots and smooth transitions in just a few clicks!

Professional Retouching

Professional retouchers turn to dodging and burning to give their images unparalleled detail. Now you can get the power and flexibility of pro techniques in a fraction of the time.



Install & Get Started

Follow along with the included video tutorial, where Aaron guides you through the process of installing and using the Smart Dodge & Burn Actions in Photoshop.

Actions, Presets & LUTs

This is just a small part of our extensive library of Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets, and custom LUTs. Best of all, everything is included in your PHLEARN PRO subscription.

Master Dodging & Burning in Photoshop

Our Actions are incredibly helpful, but it’s always a good idea to learn the ins-and-outs of professional techniques. Learn how to dodge and burn any image from scratch in How to Master Dodging & Burning in Photoshop and take your skills to the next level.

Photoshop Actions

Photoshop Actions

This action pack includes 6 Photoshop Actions to target highlights, mid-tones and shadows.

Photoshop Action Includes:

  • Shadows Darker
  • Shadows Lighter
  • Mid-Tones Darker
  • Mid-Tones Lighter
  • Highlights Darker
  • Highlights Lighter


  1. extremely useful !!!

  2. Love the Action Tool! Thanks

  3. Great !!!

  4. Simple and easy to use 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness!!! I just finished editing my granddaughters’ photos which took me FOREVER because I wanted them as perfect as possible – and I got carried away with the number of photos I wanted to edit. LOL! Wish I had watched these tutorials (and gotten access to the actions) before I did them. Could have saved tons of time – especially with the Dodge and Burn edits. Thank you so much for sharing your “magic”!

  6. COOL!!! Making life a lot easier.

  7. Definitely a great tool, I love it

  8. You guys simply kick ass!!!

  9. Brilliant! So simple and easy to implement. Just click, brush, and you’re done!

  10. Super simple but incredibly helpful to my workflow. Thanks Phlearn!

  11. Great action! I appreciate that Phlearn listens to their users and provides great tutorials as well as useful tools such as these LR/Ps presets and actions. You have made me a loyal PRO subscriber!

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