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Old 06-17-2007, 10:44 PM
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Re: Best Brush Setting for Dodge and Burn

I was wondering if there was a video tutorial showing exactly how to retouch skin using the dodge and burn. to demonstrate it actually being done to make skin clear the 'natural' retouch way. Any one know of anything?
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:22 AM
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Re: Best Brush Setting for Dodge and Burn

Check your local library for Katrin Eismann's retouching DVD. On it she demonstrated many techniques. Good stuff.
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:58 PM
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Re: Best Brush Setting for Dodge and Burn

Danny - thanks for the tip on using a curves layer for dodging & burning. I gave it a quick tryout and can see the benefit of using it. I've been doing it with a softlight layer filled with 50% gray. Thanks again.
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Old 06-20-2007, 03:37 PM
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Re: Best Brush Setting for Dodge and Burn

Glad to have shared a method that has served me well for quite a while. In fact when this approach (painting black/white) on adjustment layers sunk in, it turned on the lightbulb (Ding!) on how Layer Masks work.

FYI: Instead of using Multiply or Screen for Dodge/Burn, one can also apply settings to Levels or Curves dialogs as normal (to darken, lighten), then invert the mask (ctrl + I), set the layer blend mode to "luminosity," then airbrush white to reveal the effect. You know Photoshop...Just another way to approach this kind of thing.

Finally, another fav. trick is to convert a color image to BW by adding a Hue/Sat adjustment layer (Saturation = -100) or Channel Mixer adjustment layer [(x) Monochrome. Other settings to taste], then paint black on the mask to selectively reveal color from the layer below.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:26 PM
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Re: Best Brush Setting for Dodge and Burn

i firmly believe that its not much of what technique you use, but a matter of how well your eyes are trained ..
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:17 PM
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Re: Best Brush Setting for Dodge and Burn

Nicky3,

I also use the method of two Curves layers (one for light and one for dark) painting white on black masks. I set the white brush at 100% opacity and the flow between 3-5%. Sometimes, though, while click click clicking trying to get that one pixel lighter or darker the adjacent pixels change instead.

So, I'm wondering if these settings are the best or not. Has anyone else experienced this and what do you do about it?

Diana
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:42 PM
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Re: Best Brush Setting for Dodge and Burn

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i firmly believe that its not much of what technique you use, but a matter of how well your eyes are trained ..
There is a lot of truth in this statement. The bottom line is results. If the final product looks like [insert applicable noun here], "how" you got there is irrelevant.

Some techniques are just more forgiving and/or flexible than others, but regardless which one is used, I agree that it takes experience (and "an eye") to know how much of an effect is too much or too little and where to apply it.
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