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Photoshop Dodge Tool

Updated on November 27, 2015

Photoshop Dodge Tool

Bringing light and shadow into flat images can be a challenging thing to do convincingly. The burn tool and the dodge tool are both designed to help you accomplish this task in a realistic and believable way.

As long as you follow some basic guidelines, you'll have no trouble creating images with real depth.

Basic Usage and Options

The tools function just like the brush tool. Select either of the tools, and a similar option bar will appear at the top. Firstly select the type of brush shape you wish to use. You can use any shape brush, but I find mostly the default brushes and sometimes the square ones are most useful.

One thing to consider is how hard or soft you want the brush edge to be. If you want a very gradually noticeable effect then perhaps a soft brush edge is suitable, to fade in the alteration. On the other hand sometimes a hard edged shadow can add definition and substance to an image.

Once you have selected the brush shape, and changed the size if necessary, you are left with the two options specific to the dodge and burn tools, Range and Exposure.

The range decides which tones in the image the tool will effect, the darkest, lightest, or most average parts. For many jobs, leaving the tools set to Midtones will serve you fine, but occasionally it pays to know how to change this.

Finally the Exposure setting is just like setting the Opacity for a brush. It decides how strong the effect of the burn tool or the dodge tool is.

Dodge Tool Video Tutorial

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well done Change background color in photoshop

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      FlashManElk 6 years ago

      nice tutorial. you've got some excellent lenses. keep up the good work.