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Dodge and Burn using Clipping Masks by JennLaa Dodge and Burn using Clipping Masks by JennLaa
When I do my lighting I like to add the shadows and highlights to each element in the piece separately. To do this I always add a clipping mask to my layer to dodge and burn. I never dodge and burn directly on the piece because if you get to much done you cant go back. This eliminates the worry as making a mistake... well at least for me it does.

This was all done in Photoshop CS4.

Please let me know what you think!!! I hope you find this useful! :heart:

Made for the :iconcrphotomanipulation: tutorial challenge

Used a stock photo from :iconspacenewt: to make this tutorial.

Send me a link if you use this - I'd love to see what you've done!! :heart:
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:iconmattlis:
Mattlis Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing your work - this helps me a lot
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clippingpath1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thanks for your post. I will definitely be using these ideas and pondering more and more about what I am really doing right with the use of my YouTube video channel dedicated to some of the concerns you have mentioned. I'm also considering the actual way it would be if I launched a blog discussing a number of the same issues you've dealt with here. Thank you for showing me something so obvious. I used to be blinded from it. Your post has really made an impact on the way I think about my own work and ideas too. click here to know more about clipping path.
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JennLaa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I use clipping paths and masks for everything!!! I'm so glad you found this way of dodge and burning useful :) even if it only helps one person it makes me happy :)
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ArtAndStock Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
oh my, i was blind the whole time. you opened my eyes, thank you so so so so ~ much for this easy to understand tutorial. i struggle with lighting and you helped me a lot with this tutorial :heart:
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad you liked it :) hope it helped :heart:
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Onanymous Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting. I also use 2 clipped layers for my highlights and shadows, but they're set to multiply and screen (or soft light) respectively.

I use the brush tool to then paint them in, mostly because I dislike using pure black for the shadows. I use the eyedropper to pick up the darkest colour in the picture and use that, sometimes changing the hue for lighter shadows or colour casts.
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use that too :) actually I use clipping masks for everything! Even straight paint overs on normal mode. I'm really lazy when it comes to staying in the lines :)
Thanks for share your tip too :hug:
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FrostBo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work, thank you for the tips.
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! :D
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PikKatze Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very nice and clear tut! I've actually never used this particular technique, so it was interesting to find out something new. ;) You should post it on Worth1000, you know. So many there will find it helpful! :iconlovebottleplz:
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks sweetie.... I have no idea how to make a tut on worth.... We at least not in the forum format everyone else uses.
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:iconpikkatze:
PikKatze Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really simple. There's a tut on how to do that, too. :B And you already have your text and pictures, so it shouldn't take more than 15-20 min.
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JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
May e ill post it after the H2H I'm in is over.... I never participate in the contests any more and honestly, I'd feel like a no body posting a tut, just a stranger... :)
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PikKatze Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nonsense! Artists like you aren't that easy to forget. :P
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:glomp:
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inner-outsider Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your time to do this. I need to be bolder with my highlights/shadows. You are a star!
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JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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inner-outsider Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inspired me to do this [link] Thanks!
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work! Thanks for sharing!!!!
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Musicman30141 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic. I am used to to creating a layer above what I want to dodge and burn, just like you have here. However I never thought about creating a clipping mask for it. Thanx Jenny. This is much better than what I have been doing.
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use clipping for everything :) my hand isn't steady enough to stay in the lines perfectly.
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is AWESOME! I always have trouble with shadows and highlights, I will try this and see what happens!
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JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Let me know if it works :) and thank you!!!! :love:
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, I will! you will get credit if it does! hehe! :D
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Lozzus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use almost all the time this technique , it's very useful on photo retouch , great tutorial.
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JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the way I always do it! It works perfectly. I'm very sure you
are helping lots of people with this tutorial. Great job! :icongiraffedanceplz:
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so :) thank you :hug:
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XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconaawplz:
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Enlal Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial, congrats :) Very helpful little trick ;)
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I learned it from this brilliant artist :iconmadamethenadier: it's an awesome little trick :)
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MsgtBob Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
One thing that is a lot easier to do after making your clipping mask, is to go to edit>fill. The box that opens should have 50% gray as the preset there, so you just need to click okay. :) Nice tut! :)
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JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, I didn't know that!!! Thanks Bob!!! :)
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MsgtBob Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Glad to be of service. :)
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