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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
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.
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 :)
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:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad you liked it :) hope it helped :heart:
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.
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:
FrostBo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work, thank you for the tips.
JennLaa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! :D
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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