Dodge & burn non-destructively

Bumba has been her little friend and hero ever since she got him for her second birthday. She drags him everywhere!


Bumba’s real-life color is hard yellow, which seemed to clash with the pretty vintage frames I made myself (first time ever to make my own frame, oh how proud I am at me… ;-)). After giving all the photo’s a good saturation-bath and adding a warm-yellowish photofilter, it was a lot nicer to look at. I went all out with the shadowing (google how-to-warp-a-shadow-in-photoshop) and the frame corners were attacked with the burn-and-dodge tool.

Did you know there is a way to dodge and burn non-destructively?

Add a layer above the item(s) you want to dodge or burn and fill it with 50% gray (go to Edit>Fill>Use: 50% gray) or just use the paintbucket to fill the layer with the color set to R:127 B:127 G:127. Adjust the blend mode of this layer to Overlay and start dodging and burning with the Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop! Don’t like what you did? Brush over it with a grey brush and it’s all gone again.

Kit: Lost-taken by Zoe Pearn. Template by Yin (308).

One thought on “Dodge & burn non-destructively

  • February 3, 2013 at 12:50

    Super helpful, as I did not know this before. Thank you!

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