Photoshop Dodge And Burn

What is Dodging & Burning

Dodging and burning is the practice of targeting areas of a photograph to brighten and darken. By brightening certain highlights and darkening certain shadows, you can add beautiful shape and dimension to what would otherwise be a dull and sometimes lifeless looking image.

Dodging and burning can be applied quickly and easily with this simple to use Photoshop Dodge and Burn extension panel.

The beauty of dodging and burning is that you can be very selective as to where you want the contrast manipulated. Utilizing the various methods in Adobe Photoshop can help you achieve the exact look and feel you are trying to obtain.

Photoshop Dodge and Burn Tools

Photoshop has Dodge and Burn tools built right into the Photoshop toolbar. They are pretty good to work with as you can target highlights, midtones or shadows – somewhat. The bleed over into other tones isn’t very well controlled.

Photoshop Dodge And Burn

Another problem with these Photoshop tools is that they are part of a destructive workflow where you are working on the pixel containing layer itself. This is not part of a non destructive workflow and the beauty and power of Photoshop is doing just that; working non destructively on your images with layers.

Better Ways for Dodging and Burning

The above described Dodge and Burn tool in Photoshop is the most basic and simple way to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop but hardly the best.

The Photoshop dodge and Burn extension panel  below uses a different approach to dodging and burning in Photoshop by using the History Brush states and brush.

Photoshop Dodge And Burn Plugin

The Photoshop 2021 Dodge and Burn Plugin is extremely easy to use as it includes presets which are designed to target specific areas within the photograph such as Highlights, Shadows and all tones.

Each area contains individual opacity percentage % presets allowing to to apply the adjustments in fine granular steps.

The presets are also optimised for pressure sensitivity  which is ideal for those who use a graphic pen tablet such as the Wacom.

The panel now utilises Photoshop theme awareness so as you switch between Photoshop Themes, the plugin reflects those changes.

Photoshop Dodge and Burn Panel Requirements:

  • Photoshop 2021 & Above
  • Windows 7 & Above
  • Mac OSX 10.x & Above

This is a revised version of my original Photoshop Dodge and Burn panel and has been remade to work with Photoshop 2021 and above. This Plugin now incorporates the new Photoshop UXP technology and also a new way of installing.

Read more on How To Install the New Photoshop UXP Plugins.

Dodging and burning is the practice of targeting areas of a photograph to brighten and darken. By brightening certain highlights and darkening certain shadows, you can add beautiful shape and dimension to what would otherwise be a dull and sometimes lifeless looking image.

The Photoshop Dodge and Burn CC Panel is extremely easy to use as it includes presets which are designed to target specific ares within the photograph such as Highlights, Shadows and all tones.

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