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Chapter 18. Retouching > The Dodge and Burn Tools

The Dodge and Burn Tools

The Spacing setting of your brush will affect how much the image is changed when using the Dodge and Burn tools. Higher Spacing settings will affect the image less.


The words dodge and burn are taken from a traditional photographic darkroom. In a darkroom, an enlarger projects an image onto a sheet of photographic paper. While the image is being projected, you could put something in the way of the light source, which would obstruct the light in such a way that it would hit certain areas more than others—a technique known as dodging. Or you could intensify the light by cupping your hands together, creating just a small hole in between them, and allowing the light to concentrate on a certain area more than others—a technique known as burning. Using a combination of these two methods, you can brighten or darken your image. Photoshop reproduces these techniques with two tools: Dodge and Burn. If you look at the icons for these tools, you'll see that one of them looks like a hand; that would be for burning, allowing the light to go through the opening of your hand. The other one looks like (at least I think it looks like) a lollipop, which you can use for obstructing, or dodging, the light.


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