Use Dodge Burn and Sponge Tool on Photoshop CS6
Edited by Freya, Rushell, Eng
You're watching VisiHow. In this video, we're going to show you how to use the Dodge Burn and Sponge Tool on Photoshop CS6 on Windows 7.
We already have an image open in Photoshop, and we're going to change it to a black and white image.
The Dodge and Burn Tool work best with black and white.
Click on "Image" on the menu across the top of the screen.
Then click on "Adjustments".
Finally, select "Black & White".
At the top right corner of the small window that appears, just click "OK".
We can actually use this tool with color, although it's not quite as effective.
Over on the left column, find the icon that looks like a small pin.
When you right click on this icon, we can access the "Dodge Tool". When in a dark room with photography, dodging something means covering a specific area of the photo to keep it lighter. This is referred to as dodging the light kind of.
When using the Dodge Tool, the cursor appears as a small circle.
If we right click on the image, a small window appears.
At the top of that window, we can change the "Size" by entering or number or clicking and dragging along the slider line.
We can change the "Hardness" in the same way.
Along the top we have the option to change the "Exposure" Clicking on the small arrow will open a slider, which we can use as opposed to typing in a number.
The default "Exposure" is 50 percent, but it does go up to 100.
Moving over to the left, we can change the "Range", again by clicking on the down arrow.
This will bring up a short menu of three options. If we select only "Shadows", it would only burn the "Shadows". The same goes for "Highlights". "Midtones" is a bit more general.
If we click on the option on the far left at the top, we'll get the same window we were working with when we right clicked in the middle of the main image.
We'll work with a larger circle.
Then as we click, we are dodging, and it just lightens up that part of the image.
We'll demonstrate this with "Shadows".
It's only taking the shadow part.
Finally, we'll show with "Highlights", and it only takes the highlights.
Now, come back and right click on the pin symbol on the left side of the screen.
Select "Burn Tool" in the middle.
With this, we're now concentrating the light, as if we were in the dark room. It has similar effect as dodge, where almost like a pin hole of light would be coming though With this, we'll be darkening the area.
Just as before, we can right click on the image to bring up the window to adjust the "Size" or "Hardness" of the tool.
We'll make the tool a bit bigger as well as harder.
We're going to change the "Exposure" to 100 percent at the top.
The same options appear under "Range" as well.
We'll use the Burn Tool on a midtone area.
When we click, the area gets darker.
Now, we'll use the Burn Tool on the shadows.
This makes the shadows darker.
Finally, on the highlights, just the highlights get darker.
It is a very interesting effect, and it is definitely worth playing around with. This is also helpful for touching up an image, and we want something maybe more realistic than the lighting used when the photo was originally taken. This is a good way to fake different lighting within an image.
Finally, we have the "Sponge Tool".
This works much like a sponge, where we'll have the option to saturate a part of the image.
Let's increase the "Size" and "Hardness" just like we did with the other tools before.
We'll make the "Flow" 100 percent as well for this example.
Under "Mode", we have the option to "Desaturate" or "Saturate".
If we're desaturating, that means we will be taking away the color.
We'll go back to the color image to show how this works.
With our Sponge Tool set at a large size, we'll simply click on the area we want.
Now, we can see it desaturates the color of that particular area.
If we were to saturate an area, it would have the opposite effect, and the color would become considerably brighten and darker within that ring.
This is definitely a tool that is worth experimenting with, and it is really good or creating a very professionally looking image with any photo.
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Video: Use Dodge Burn and Sponge Tool on Photoshop CS6
Recent edits by: Rushell, Freya