Easy Dodging and Burning

This is a common and easy technique for mimicking the process of two traditional darkroom techniques - dodging or burning. Dodging results in lightening part of the image; burning results in darkening part of the image. Dodging and Burning also affect local contrast; dodging a light area of an image

will reduce the local contrast, burning a light area of an image will increase it; the converse applies for dark areas. This technique uses an image layer filled with gray pixels and set to use the "overlay" blending mode; the layer can be locally painted lighter for dodging, and darker for burning.

You could do dodging and burning on a single layer, but you should consider separate layers for each part of the image that you edit; this makes changes to these edits at a later time easier.

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