Shadow and Light: How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

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Have you ever looked at photographs that you admire, and wondered how they get such depth and clearly defined lighting and shadow? Maybe you have tried every post production tool you know and are unable to reproduce this effect. The secret is Dodging and Burning. All the top photographers have been doing it all along, many just didn't tell you.

In this training, Colin Smith explains exactly what dodging and burning is (Painting with shadow and light). These principles aren't new, they come all the way from renaissance painters and have been adapted by the likes of Ansel Adams in darkrooms. The techniques, however are new; Photoshop opens up new possibilities with its powerful brush and adjustment tools that the masters of old would have killed for. There are 3 main reasons to dodge and burn: Lead the viewers eye with darks/lights, bring out details in photos and add depth and dimension. You will learn all three methods.

In a jargon-free, conversational tone (that Colin is well-known for), you will understand not only the how's behind non-destructive dodging and burning, but the why's. Colin will take the mystery out of where to dodge and where to burn a photo for the maximum results.

The 2.5 hour visual journey will equip you to tackle any dodging and burning retouching task. These techniques apply to everything from landscape, portrait, beauty, fashion, to fine art, product, architectural, fitness and advertising retouching tasks, any photo really.

The techniques are powerful enough for pros and easy enough for hobbyists. This seemingly complex task is broken down to a fast and easy workflow. While working on different photos, this workflow will be drilled into your mind. These movies are recorded in Photoshop CC 2015.1.2, but these timeless tips will work on any version of Photoshop newer than CS2. All lesson files are included

Don't settle for flat images, invest in your photos with Shadow and Highlight, How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop!

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Your Instructor

Colin Smith
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is a best-selling author, and award-winning digital artist who has caused a stir in the community with his stunning Photoshop work. Colin is known as a pioneer of HDR photography and aerial drone photography. Colin is founder of one of the world's most popular Photoshop resource sites,, which boasts over 30 million visitors. He has been nominated 2x for the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

With over 20 years of experience in the creative industry, Colin was formerly Senior Editor and Creative Director for VOICE magazine. As a commercial artist, his clients include Satcchi & Satcchi, Proctor & Gamble, Toyo Tires, Microsoft and several Hollywood entertainment companies.

He is a regular columnist for Photoshop User magazine. He has been featured in most major imaging magazines including, Computer Arts, Macworld, Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop User, After Capture, PSD Photoshop, Photoshop Creative, Digital Photographer, Web Designer magazine and a host of others.

Colin's digital imaging work has been recognized with numerous awards, including, MacWorld Digital Design and 3 Guru awards at Photoshop World 2001 and 2002. He's authored more than nineteen books on Photoshop, including the best-selling How to Do Everything with Photoshop (McGraw-Hill/Osborne) and award-winning Photoshop Most Wanted, as well as being pominentely featured in the Hall Of Fame book, New Masters Of Photoshop and New Masters of Photoshop 2 (The only artist featured in both editions).

Colin is also creator of the PhotoshopCAFE series of videos ( He is in high demand across the United States as a lecturer, presenting his Photoshop techniques to Photographers and graphics professionals across the nation. He has been a speaker at such conferences as Adobe MAX, Photoshop World, WPPI, Imaging USA, PPE, creativeLIVE Photoshop week, Flash Forward, NVision, , PIDE, DL Expo, Creative Suite Conference, Cre8, Create Chaos, Deviant Art Summit and many more. In 2012 and 2013 Colin was the featured speaker and producer of 2 Multi-City Tours (Route CS6 and Destination CC) Sponsored by Adobe. Colin has consulted such companies as Adobe Systems, Edison International, Apple and Disney Studios.

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