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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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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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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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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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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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