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Dodge and Burn UXP

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How To Use the Dodge and Burn Panel in Raya Pro

Raya Pro Tutorial - Dodge and Burn

Video Contents

  • 0:34 – Tooltips
  • 0:50 – Dodge & Burn Functions
  • 1:02 – Highlights
  • 2:25 – Burning Highlights
  • 2:50 – Midtones
  • 3:29 – Overlay/Soft light/Vivd Light
  • 3:56 – Shadows (Dodging)
  • 4:42 – Merging Layers
  • 4:52 – 50% Grey
  • 5:15 – Curves
  • 5:38 – Dodge, Burn, Sponge
  • 6:03 – Adding Warmth to Highlights
  • 7:25 – Adding Detail
  • 8:06 – Glow Free
  • 9:00 – Zone Contrast
  • 9:40 – More Features
  • 10:32 – Orton Effect

Written Instructions for the Dodge and Burn Panel

This panel gives us plenty of options to enhance the contrast in our images.

  • Highlights, Midtones and Shadows: Each creates a new blank layer, and adds a mask that targets a specific tone. To use this, select the layer it creates (not the mask) and then a white (to dodge) or black (to burn) brush. Paint directly onto the layer to dodge and burn. The mask will restrict where this takes place: Highlights, Mdtones, Shadows. Change the Blend Mode of the layer to Soft light or Overlay, depending on the effect you want. And lower the opacity of the layer to weaken the effect.
  • Merge: this merges all of our layers non-destructively. Then we can select Dodge or Burn and paint directly onto the merged layer.
  • 50% Grey: Is a non-destructive way of dodging and burning and works the same way as the Highlights, Midtones and Shadows buttons, using a white or black brush.
  • Curves: Creates a gentle S-Curve with a black mask that we can paint in.
  • Sponge: Selects the sponge tool and lets us desaturate any parts of our image that have become oversaturated when using the Dodge and Burn buttons. Personally, I find it better to change the Blend Mode of the Merged layer to Luminosity if the colours are too strong.
  • Brush: Selects the brush tool.
  • Sm: Small Brush.
  • La: Large Brush.
  • +: Make brush larger.
  • -: Make brush smaller.
  • Colours beneath brush buttons: Select these to change our foreground colour to the corresponding colour.
  • Detail Shads/Detail Lights: Add detail specifically to the darker or lighter parts of the image. Personally I prefer the Detail Enhancer in the Filters/Finish panel.
  • Glow Free: This is a cool way to add a gentle glow to you scene. See how you can do that here:–h0?t=383
  • Zone Contrast: This creates 6 layers, each one targeting a different tonal range. All of these layers are Curves layers. Essentially, we can make very specific contrast adjustments based on tonal range. Let’s say our shadows are a little dark. In the Zone Contrast group there are two Shadows layers. Choose one and raise the curve up. This will brighten your shadows without affecting midtones or highlights.
  • S-Curve: Creates a standard S-Curve contrast adjustment.
  • Dark Sky: This darkens brighter tones, and also deepens the colour within those tones.
  • Bright Highlights: Adds extra brightness to the brightest part of the image.
  • Lighten Shadows: Automatically recovers shadows if they are getting too dark.
  • Protect Shadows: Places a Darks mask on a Levels layer so that you can manually recover the shadows.
  • Fake HDR: This both recovers highlights and shadows.
  • Orton Effects: All four of these add a dreamy Orton effect to your image. Don’t forget to lower the opacity of the layer if it looks to strange.

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