Dodge and Burn Using Layers

We learned this technique from Mac Holbert. Figure 7-73 shows an avocet chick. The side of the bird facing us is in shadow. We will brighten this area in four simple steps:

  1. Create a new layer in Overlay mode and activate the Fill with Overlay-neutral color (50% Gray) option. Overlay mode has special characteristics:

    50% gray

    Leaves the image unchanged (this is where we start)

    > 50% gray

    The image gets darker (black is darkest)

    < 50% gray

    Brightens the image (white is brightest)

    Our sample image of an avocet chick

    Figure 7-73. Our sample image of an avocet chick

    Use these options when creating a new dodge and burn layer.

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