Hey, guys! Welcome to my another tutorial from 30 Days to Learn Photoshop series. Last time we discussed Gradeint Tool in Photoshop and today we’ll discuss Dodge and Burn Tool in Photoshop. Dodge and Burn Tool give us a better control on highlights and shadows of the image. Of course, you can use your contrast bar but that feature gives us very less flexibility. All you can do is to move the slider.

Dodge and Burn tool gives you full control over the image. It takes a whole lot of time, effort, and skills but the results are much better.

So let’s begin with the tutorial.

What are Dodge and Burn Tools in Photoshop?

Dodge and Burn are two different tools in Photoshop. Dodge tool is used to brighten an area while burn tool is used to darken an area. The feature that makes them unique is that rather than being a slider like contrast, both are brushes. So, you get the full flexibility.

Where are Dodge and Burn Tools Located in Photoshop?

You can either grab them from tool panel or press Shift+O again and again until it comes.

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How to Use Dodge and Burn Tools in Photoshop?

Now, from here the question starts. I will show you how to use both tools step by step. Let’s start with Dodge Tool.

You’ve been reading my tutorials a lot and you must have noticed that I am a huge fan of non-destructive editing. You also know that non-destructive editing means editing a photo without harming the original photo so that you can go back to your original photo anytime if you make a mistake.

This time, we’re going to do the same.

Step 1: Create a New Layer and Fill it with 50% Gray

Press Cmd+Shift+N/Ctrl+Shift+N to create a new layer. Name it anything.

Go to Edit>Fill or press Shift+F5. Choose the contents as 50% gray. Press OK.

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Now, change the blend mode of that layer to Soft Light. You’ll see that there’s no effect on the image. In fact, the newly created layer is transparent.

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This is the layer on which we’re going to use our Dodge and Burn tools.

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