Photoshop Tutorials

Guide to Dodging and Burning Nondestructively in Photoshop

In this episode, you’ll learn one of the most popular retouching technique that can be used in landscape photography, portrait photography, architecture and more. It’s called dodging and burning… and with this technique you selectively choose which areas of your photos should be brighter or darker.

When used correctly, you can completely transform your photos. Photographers use this technique to give their landscape photos the dramatic look. You can even use it to contour a person’s face simply by changing the lighting. There’s a lot more you can do with this technique and in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to dodge and burn nondestructively and you’ll also learn how to combine it with another technique called luminosity masking for even better results.

Comments (2)
  1. Lyndon Rich says:

    I love the Tips but being a retired sailor from Submarines from long ago, I am more adept with written instructions. Any chance the instructions in the tips are written down somewhere that I can access?
    Thanks, Lyndon

    1. Denny Tang Denny Tang says:

      Hi Lyndon,

      Sorry about that! We’re shifting towards videos/YouTube because the statistics show that viewers greatly prefer video tutorials. Try turning on the captions and pausing the video as you follow along.

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