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Chapter 8. Modern Problems: Dealing with... > Dodging and Burning Done Right - Pg. 223

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers If you've ever used Photoshop's Dodge and Burn tools, you already know how lame they are. That's why the pros choose this method instead-- it gives them a level of control that the Dodge and Burn tools just don't offer, and best of all, it doesn't "bruise the pixels." (Photoshop-speak for "it doesn't mess up your original image data while you're editing.") Dodging and Burning Done Right Step One: In this photo the light simply didn't fall where you wish it had. Here, we're going to dodge (lighten) an area that we wish had more light (like the hanging sign, the left side of the building, and the wall on the right), and then we're going to burn (darken) the harsh light falling on the building just below the hanging sign and the tin door at the top-left corner of the photo. ©SCOTT KELBY Step Two: Go to the Layers palette, and from the palette's flyout menu, choose New Layer. The reason you need to do this (rather than just clicking on the Create New Layer icon) is that you need to access the New Layer dialog for this technique to work. But, if you're a flyout menu hater or shortcut freak (you know who you are), you can Option-click (PC:Alt-click) on the Create a New Layer icon instead to bring up the dialog. When the New Layer dialog appears, change the Mode to Overlay; then, right below it, choose "Fill with Overlay-neutral color (50% gray)." This is normally grayed out, but when you switch to Overlay mode, this choice becomes available. Click OK. Continued Dealing with Image Problems Chapter 8 223