Originally Posted by snook305
Just wondering what the difference is by using the Dodge tool on a softlight or overlay layer rather than a brush with white and black pressing x to switch back an forth from Burn to Dodge?
I was taught that the Dodge and burn tool are more destructive this way?
Is it not true on a 50% Grey layer?
Thanks for any further info..
Also if you paint on a 50% grey layer but with color instead of B or W does it effect it differently?
I am quite happy with the 50% softlight with Brush and B or W ink at low opacity..
That's my approach, though I skip the "Fill with Grey" step since it has no effect. Having a layer for highlights and a layer for shadows means you can wind up trying to fix pixels with one layer that have already been affected by the other one. Switching back and forth from white to black (or whatever tones you are using) using the X key means that you lighten when you want to lighten and darken when you want to darken.
When I'm trying to affect overall shading, I'll use a large brush in Soft light mode, but when I'm working on small imperfections, I use a brush at 5% opacity, pressure sensitive and Hard Light mode. Soft light and Overlay stop working as the underlying pixels approach white and black. Again, Hard Light gives me a nice predictable result.