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Photoshop CC tutorial 9: Burn tool, Dodgy tool, Blur Tool & Healing brush tool.

Dodge tool (making brighter)

File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Dodging > Dodging 1.jpg.

Right click the layer ‘Background’ and Duplicate.

Rename the layer ‘Retouch’.

Choose the Dodge Tool.

Dodge tool

 

For this exercise we will turn the Protect Tones off.

Choose a large brush (319’ish) with hardness at 0%.

Dodge tool brush size

 

Use the Dodge tool to lighten the teeth. Don’t worry if you go a little over board we can fix that later.

Desaturation tool

With the Dodging Tool 1.jpg still open.

Choose the Sponge tool.

Make sure the tool is set to Desaturate.

Desaturate tool

Use the Sponge Tool to remove some of the yellowing from around the gums. Don’t worry if you go a little over board we can fix that later.

Gone too far?

You can reduce your retouching slightly to bring back some of the ‘realness’ in the images.
In your layer panel. Drag the Opacity Slider down to show some of the bottom layer through.

Opacity slider

 

Healing brush (removing blemishes)

File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Healing Brush > Healing 1.jpg.

Right Click the layer ‘Background’ and Duplicate.

Rename the layer ‘Retouch’.

Choose the Healing Brush tool.

Now choose a brush size (44 px) and brush hardness set to 0%.

healing brush

 

Zoom into your image (CMD/CTRL +).

Choose a nice clear piece of skin as your target.

Set your target by holding the Alt key on your keyboard and clicking once on the nice piece of skin.

Release the mouse.

Now click, hold and paint over the blemish watching where the target is pulling texture from (look for a small black cross that appears while you are painting).

Release the mouse.

Note: Remember to reset your target (step 8) as often as you need. Not all parts of the face can use the same target texture area.

 

Burn tool

File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Burn Tool > Burn Tool 1.jpg.

Right Click the layer ‘Background’ and Duplicate.

Rename the layer ‘Retouch’.

Choose the Burn tool.

burn tool

Pick a large brush size and hardness set to 0%.

brush tool size

 

Using your Burn Tool brush paint around the edges of the image. This will darken the edges drawing the focus to the centre of the image and her face.

Gone too far?
You can reduce your retouching slightly to bring back some of the ‘realness’ in the images.
In your layer panel. Drag the ‘Opacity’ Slider down to show some of the bottom layer through.

 

Blur tool

Select the Blur tool.

Pick a large brush and set the hardness to 0%.

Paint around the edges of your image. This will blur the edges drawing the focus to the centre of the image and her face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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