How To use the Burn, Dodge and Sharpen Brushes

How To use the Burn, Dodge and Sharpen Brushes

By Discovery Center Team

Learning how to use Burn, Dodge and Sharpen brushes is an essential tool for photo touch ups. Dodging and burning are equivalent to lightening and darkening. This is valuable because it allows the user to make subtle but dramatic adjustments to light and shadow within the photo without destroying the texture of the image. A good example used in the video above is making a subtle adjustment to eyes. Using the Dodge brush on eyes can make them pop but you also don’t want them to look unnatural. A subtle Dodging can lighten them and then a quick Sharpen pass to crisp up the contrast. Similarly, should you want to darken an area like a shadow or vignette, the Burn brush can be used inversely to subtly darken the area.

In this PaintShop Pro X7 tutorial you will learn:

  • How to use the Burn and Dodge brushes.
  • How to use the Sharpen Brush.
  • How to use the Smart Selection feature.

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