How can I use the dodge and burn tools?

I’ve been gathering some questions from you – so let’s jump straight in and answer one!

One way I use the burn tool is to “ink” the edges of papers that I’ve clipped to a template.

For example on this template from The Daily Digi, I’ll use it on the scallops:

template

mgl scraps Colour Coded (no longer available)

Before:

plain

After burning the edges at 70px, Midtones, 30% exposure. You can play around with the settings for various different effects.

burn

Here I’ve used erasing, smudging and dodging to wrap part of this 12 inch long ribbon around a frame.

ribbon1

(Supplies: Colour Coded paper, Free Spirit Frame, In the Meadow Ribbon)

Dodging creates highlights in the much the same way – I’ve used dodge and burn to great the shadow and highlight where this needle goes through the ribbon.

Before:

pin1

(Supplies: Colour Coded paper, Free Spirit Frame, In the Meadow Ribbon, Chocolate Covered Cherries needle)

After:

pin2

(Supplies: Colour Coded paper, Free Spirit Frame, In the Meadow Ribbon, Chocolate Covered Cherries needle)

I love this tip from Elements Village on another way to dodge and burn!

Do you have questions on using Photoshop Elements? Why not leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Melissa

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  • Thanks for the Dodge and Burn tips. I have been trying to figure out how to use that tool more effectively in my art.

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    Boxers or briefs!!!! Who was so pervert to make such question?

  • LOL @ an outraged husband.

    Melissa, thanks for posting the links to my tutorials. =D

    And Mary, if you have a specific question … I’d be happy to help you with your perspective layouts. There are a lot of fantastic and beautiful papers out there (especially @ scrapbookgraphics *big grin*) … so let me know what papers you’d be interested in and what type of scene you’d like to create.