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Photoshop 1.5 [Dodge & Burn]
- Begin by opening Adobe Photoshop. Using the File>Open command, open the photograph you would like to convert to black and white.
- The first thing you will want to do is create a new blank layer. You can do this by clicking on the new layer button in the layers palette or by selecting Layer>New>Layer. [Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
- Name the new layer something that is easy to remember like “Dodge & Burn.”
- Change the layer mode to “Overlay” (marked in red above) and select the checkbox next to “Fill with Overlay neutral color (50% gray).”
- With your Dodge & Burn layer selected, select the dodge tool to selectively lighten the image and the burn tool to selectively darken the image.
- With either tool selected, you will need to pick a brush. You can do this by selecting the down arrow next to the “Brush” selector. I typically pick a brush with a hardness of 0% for dodging/burning to fade the effect into the image.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
- You can also select the Range affected by the dodge/burn tool by selecting shadows, midtones, or highlights.
- The exposure percentage refers to the intensity of the dodge/burn. I typically use 30%, but some adjustment could be made for your “eye.”
- When you are done, you can save the image using the File>Save As command.