Larry demonstrates how to retouch a portrait using the Dodge and Burn tools.



  1. KJK 14 October, 2010 at 00:46 Reply

    Excellent information. I appreciate the shortcuts you mention and the review at the end. This is a technique I never would have thought of. Well done!

  2. Je. 14 October, 2010 at 02:19 Reply

    Nice and shiny tutorial, quite cool result and taking into account the fact that the photo isn’t basically touched at all …

    Thank you 🙂

  3. Tim Skipper 14 October, 2010 at 08:15 Reply


    I have used that method, but what I have come to like is using a gray layer and two curves layers. One set to multiply the other to screen. This way I can adjust the burn or dodge opacity individually or since they are in a group together. Plus if I make a mistake since I’m painting on a mask I just have to paint back over the error with either black or white.

  4. Steve Bryson 14 October, 2010 at 13:02 Reply

    I have recently learned this technique with a twist. Instead of using the brush tool on the overlay layer, I use the burn or dodge tool. You get the same controlled effect that works very nicely.

  5. Amie 14 October, 2010 at 14:58 Reply

    Thank you for the video, it was very informative. There is so much to photoshop, its great when you can find videos that help explain how things work and how to do them.

  6. Dave 16 October, 2010 at 23:59 Reply

    Nice work Larry !! it’s always nice to have a different tutorial. This one is a good one for people who like to work with photos. Give us more. thanx

  7. KEVIN 18 November, 2010 at 11:23 Reply

    Cool technique, I like the effect it gives. I probably won’t use this method for retouching my portraits because it affects the skin tone but I might use this effect intentially for something down the road.

  8. Raphael H. 21 December, 2010 at 01:53 Reply

    Thank you very much! I think this method beats the one I was taught for sure. I’ll be using that way now. Thank you for sharing and helping a student like me!

  9. Shala 1 January, 2011 at 10:10 Reply

    Makes me want to go play around with some photos. I have used mostly clipping masks or overlayed the actual photo on top of the original when retouching photos. This is a new technique i am going to try out, like today. I like that, simple, with great results.

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