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    Default Usng a non-destructive "Dodge & Burn" action in Photoshop

    Following a post I made in the Bird Images forum in regards a the use of the dodge and burn tools. I recommend "Dodge and Burn", by Shannon Beauford, 6/21/2008. To get this action follow the link below. Note Photoshop actions are subject to copy right, so I cannot post the action on this site. However these actions are free to use if you download them from Action Central and are for personal use.

    http://www.atncentral.com/editing_highlight.html

    I'll add some instructions shortly.

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    Loading the Action
    1. Once you download the action, unzip it to extract the ATN file.
    2. I would then recommend storing this action file in a common actions folder. I have found it important to store actions in their own folder outside of Photoshop to ensure their preservation when you up-grade or Photoshop resets. I store my actions folder under ‘ My Documents’.
    3. Open Photoshop and the Actions panel
    4. Select ‘Load Actions’ from fly-out menu.

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    5. Navigate to the folder that you stored actions and the click the load button. The action should now be visible in the Actions panel.
    6. Alternatively you could just double click, or drag the action file into the Actions panel.

    Using the Action
    1. Select the Dodge & Burn action in the Action panel.
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    2. Click the “play” icon at the bottom of theAction panel. In this case of the Dodge and Burn action will install twoseparate layers in the Layer panel. One for burning and one for dodging.
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    3. Select the appropriate adjustment layer (burn or dodge) in the Layers Panel.

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    4. Toggle the foreground and background colour.Black for burning white for dodging.
    5. Set the opacity of the brush. I generally startwith about 15 %.
    6. Using the brush tool simply paint on the area ofthe image that you wish to modify.

    This is not my preferred dodging andburning action, however it is free and simple to use. My preferred action can be found in the book “Photoshop for Nature Photographers”, Ellen Anon & Josh Anon. It is also non-destructive, but uses curves adjustments layers rather than a basic layers.

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    You can press X to change colors.

    EDIT: Sorry, just wanted to add that I found it very useful to learn the keyboard shortcuts when using photoshop. It makes things very, very fast when processing images. Hence why I suggested pressing the X key to switch between colors.

    Adding to Gerard's comment about adjustment layers, they are by far the best way to make adjustments to images when you want to create a master file (TIFF or PSD) from a RAW file. Each adjustment layer is for a different tweak. Eg: one for levels, one for curves, one for dodging/burning if you like. You can have a dozen adjustment layers for what it's worth.
    Last edited by Įkos Lumnitzer; 06-09-2011 at 07:19 PM.

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    Thank you very much for that Gerard. I appreciate it immensely

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