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Dodge and Burn Tutorial Part 1 by Nienna1990 Dodge and Burn Tutorial Part 1 by Nienna1990
A small Tutorial on the Dodge&Burn Technique.

The over-all process is being explained but not every little step of it.

* See my journal for the video tutorial download.

I also added a smaller PSD file of this photo's retouch.

Here is the full retouch on DA: [link]

Part 2 here: [link]

enjoy ^^.
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jonblade Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks so much
Crimidine Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
idk...but this was so difficult to follow. Steps are not exactly cohesive. Shame because I really wanted to use this technique
xxxskittlezxx5 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mshalid Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Thanks for share this tutorial ..
talypascual Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for share
nbbuhecha Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Hi.... Nienna

I am Krazy fan of you. I am at beginner stage in Photoshop retouching. I would like to thanks to you for providing D&B Tutorials. I have a humble request to provide me Whole D&B Technique in Video, from the tutorials provided by you, i m not able to get exact result somewhere i missing. so provide me Video Tuts.
Innfhinithydesigns Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :) very useful :w00t:
ladykiita Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which Photoshop version did you use?
Rebel-Judd Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Very helpful! Thankyou.
Iced-Wings Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great tutorial, however I wish some things were put in further detail. You don't need to add "how" to do things, you need to be more thorough and explain things. Like does the second layer need the white mask? Or black again? You did not put this. This is what was writing.... "Of course use a mask as well"... ._.

After that you instruct to create two new layer groups and fill it with black. You need to be more specific on what to do. Create two transparent layers and fill with black or duplicate the image you're working on, and fill it with black?

The technique is indeed long and hard... but it would be that much easier if it were explained better. Thank you!
YaYaOo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for sharing!
schowler Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Just wanted to say how much I truly appreciate your posting this tutorial. I thought I had commented previously, but I don't see one, so I guess I was wrong! ha ha ha
Anyway, this has been crucial to my advancing my post processing skills.

Thank you so very much!
chirilas Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
awesome thanks!
TheFotterret Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
This tutorial wasn't very well explained. It's quite obvious by the number of questions.
ulisesfoto Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Photographer
Please help! i donīt know how to fill the layer with black??
Cutejessica11 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
When I do ALT-CTRL-SHIFT-E it doesn't make a new layer and all it says in my history is 'stamp visible' I have ps 7 any help woud be greatly appreciated :)
mettzal Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
thank you very much,
W0rdkeeper Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
This is an amazing tutorial. I'm luckily already experienced with Photoshop so I'm already comfortable with some of the tools, but I do have one question: Why do you suggest using a 100% hardness brush for the healing brush tool? If I hadn't read that part, I would've used a soft brush--for blending purposes. However, I did indeed try using a hard brush, and it works fine. But I'm just curious... it's hard to tell the difference, and I figure you have a lot more experience, so would you say using a hard brush work betters?
Ruddy88 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
The healing brush blends itself using content-aware, Using a hard brush will fix the blemishes but also retains the skin texture. Using a soft brush, the textures of the skin get softened on the outside of the brush and can create too much of a smooth look. Thats my understanding of it anyway
W0rdkeeper Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Thanks :)
outskywalker-stock Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had great time with this tutorial and I finally found some masterpiece in retouching lessons! Thank you for sharing it, sister. Shalom!
DoubleMImaging Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Used your tutorial here [link]

Please let me know your opinion.

slyfoxxy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
my curves wont go past 100 so I can't put in 158, I have CS5
Nienna1990 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
it doesnt have to be 158, just lower the curve until you se a proper result ^^
MaddieRose93 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Photographer

Used your tutorial here ^
Worked wonders! Thanks so much. x
huayuandan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Have video tutorial? Reply under thanks
kristencavanaugh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
I used your tutorial here: [link] :w00t: Thank you!
Savirphoto Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Fantastic thank you, I will give a try
Msbubbles Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
actually i am just lost on all the things that have to do with layers and masks and filling.
Msbubbles Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
I am completely stuck on the 'create a mask and fill it" part. no idea.
Mangavampiria Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial^^
nhat-ha Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial! I tried it out and it was very helpful!
TheArtofDesigning Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
very useful tutorial :)
deladsign Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
HiBa-JaMal Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful
fear-inmotion Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 Awesome, totally made my day lol. I hate the plastic/fake look created with the blurring/clone stamp/usual quick fix methods. This is just what I've been looking for. :D
HzlCan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Capsunica12 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
I have a question: how can I fill the two layers with black?I can't figure it out!
If someone could help me,I'd really appreciate it!
Awesome job,Nienna:)
Boneappetit Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Capsunica: Hold alt and click over the mask layer, do the same thing to go back to regular look.
Leuthile Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
thank you for the tutorial, say how long does it take you to retouch an image using this technique?
deste64 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice tutorial, I'll try it and let you know. Thanks for shearing.
rrcarito Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
wow! thank you for the tutorial!!!
d0102 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Good tutorial! But the font should be black so it easier to read. :)
xMissPeepx Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student Interface Designer
TaMiloDreams Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Hi there,
wanted to thank you for the tutorial, I have used your info to work on this picture>> [link]
trigraphs Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
best retouch~ever.great music!!~again!!!
Boneappetit Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx for this tutorial, so cool. I used the technique here -[link]
wiktorwolny Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
It's really useful tutorial, but i think it's better to use levels than curves - less problems with retouched skin colour.

Thank U so much 4 this tutorial.
5H4ND4I Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Like magic. Thanks! :)
ringus1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Your tips made D&B much much easier! Thank you. It still takes much practise to masterize it, but it's a lot more controllable now.

Thank you once more. :)
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