Dodging & Burning: Advanced

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Dodging & Burning:  Advanced Concepts

A few years back I created a course on Dodging and Burning that included the primary methods for dodging and burning.  We discussed how to dodge and burn with brushes, with curves, and with a 50% gray layer.  I thought I had taught it all, but as time will always tell, I have learned so much more and am ready to share it with you.

In the second installment to the Dodging and Burning series, you will learn some advanced dodging and burning concepts.  We will discuss the use of color in dodging and burning and will even create some custom brushes that you can use to make beautifully blended dodging and burning effects.  This course also includes a panel for Photoshop CC.  You will love these advanced concepts and the new and improved Dodging and Burning extension!

In the Advanced Dodging and Burning Course material, you will learn the following:

A refresher of the origin of Dodging and Burning
The three primary methods for Dodging and Burning
How to add color and Dodge or Burn at the same time
How to create custom textured brushes for dodging and burning
How to install and use the Dodge and Burn Pro Panel for Photoshop CC

*Included in this course is a Dodging and Burning exclusive Photoshop Extension for Photoshop CC
** While it is not mandatory if you are well versed in Dodging and Burning, I would strongly recommend watching the Dodging and Burning Essentials course before taking the Advanced course.

53 reviews for Dodging & Burning: Advanced

  1. Gerald (verified owner)

    Excellent tutorial. I have done some dodging and burning previously but this shed new light on the process.

  2. Rudolf Krueger (verified owner)

    I bought this tutorial because my education in handling Photoshop is limited to own picking of topics, lacking here and there background information on the “why this way and not else” aspects. Realizing that even though the entire composition of a photo could be better, solid knowledge of post-processing could lift a photo from “common” to sort of “nobility” status :).
    Blake Rudis’ tutorials are not for the faint-hearted. You must get used to the fast speaking of Blake and keep a close eye on where he puts his cursor in order to stop and take notes on what-to-do, But what he does, he explains and shows what not-to-do AND WHY. The speed is tough but since you own the videos you can come back to whatever question and get the answer. I found the “not-to-do AND WHY” most helpful and eye-opening. And since I am lacking a formal Photoshop education I am most grateful for the little keyboard shortcuts. But you have to pay serious attention.
    Well, it’s a lot he has to convey and you might not be in the mood every day to expose yourself to the “machine-gun” of Blake but if you take it in digestible doses the gain in knowledge is serious.
    Kudos Blake and thanks.

  3. Patrick Hickey (verified owner)

    Another great course (and panel) from Blake. Always the best Photoshop add-ons and training.

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  5. Rolf (verified owner)

    I have not been through the complete course yet. Right now, I’m learning how to create Brushes in PS. The first five chapters about Dodging and Burning are excellent and I do like Blakes teaching technique.

  6. Randall (verified owner)

    Blake, you have out done even you! The Advanced Dodging and Burning course is nothing short of phenomenal! I don’t normally write reviews as there seem to be so many of them. But in this case a 5 is certainly justified. Great work and keep it up!

  7. Jim Kayser (verified owner)

    Very well done!

  8. Randy (verified owner)

    It has been my goal for awhile to improve my photography by painting with light similar to a Thomas Kinkade painting. The Dodging and Burning Advanced is exactly what I’ve been looking for. An amazing price and Blake is one of the best instructors you will ever come across. Highly recommend and look forward to seeing more

  9. Ted (verified owner)

    I like that I can jump from technique 2 to 3 and mix and match, plus dodging and burning in color very interesting. Very easy to alter the color. The tool to reset the brush to normal round is great. A small plus would be to reset it 100% opacity/100% flow. The tool will be a regular goto in my workflow.

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  11. Terry Martin (verified owner)

    Probably the first thing you will think of when you learn what this software can do, is “I can do that already. It might take me longer, but I can do it.”

    Sure, you can, and maybe you have the luxury of time to make all the extra work worth it. I generally don’t always have the time. When I come back from a photo shoot, I’ll have 2 – 3000 photos to process. I remember my last one when I had a time limit and chose to not do things to several hundred of them that I really wanted to do but I had to consider it time I wasn’t able to spend. It would have made those photos better, but I told myself, “no one else will ever know.” Well, the problem was, “I” knew, and it bugged me to accept the choice of ignoring them as I realized I had to do. Most of those “things” were dodging and burning adjustments and I really wanted to do them.

    After only having this software for a few days now, I’ve not only learned many things I simply didn’t know before but learned how to do the things I did know how to do, faster, and in most cases better with this software.

    How much is your time worth? As a photographer what amount of work can you do which for which you would charge only $29, the cost of this item? My guess is not a great deal of it, especially not as a photographer, and then only if the job was something relatively simple. So, if you can spend this small an amount and it increases your productivity 15 to 20% or more, you most likely are needlessly losing way more than the small amount this will cost you.

  12. Leif Norinder (verified owner)

    Blake is a star!

  13. Cornelis V. (verified owner)

    It really was an eye opener to follow this course. I did not know there were 3 ways to dodge and burn and i’m trying them all now. Thanks for this fine piece of teaching!

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  17. Shadowerable (verified owner)

    One of the best dodge and burning course

  18. Mike D. (verified owner)

    Hi Blake, Thanks for a very slick set of video instructions. Although I understand the fundamentals of Dodge and Burn both analogue and digital you explain perfectly how to refine the process within Photoshop and the panel is just perfect.

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  24. Geoff (verified owner)

    I never cease to be amazed by your creativity and ingenuity – I have learned a whole new range of skills from you and you have provided the tools to facilitate this. Keep up the great work – I am in awe !! From your Australian devotee.

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  27. Robert

    Great palette!!! Now it’s easy to finetune an images exact at the places you want it! The tutorial in it is superb!

  28. Thomas (verified owner)

    Great tool to improve my editing process

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  31. Terence (verified owner)

    Fabulous course!! Learned so much and so practical. Recommend it to everyone. Keep up the good work Blake. Love your courses and videos.

  32. Alain (verified owner)

    I’ve been using doging and burning for quite a long time but this approach is just “WOW”. Powerful technique, well explained and the provided panel is just amazing 🙂

  33. Lynn (verified owner)

    I really appreciate your skill at bringing excellent programs to us.

  34. Gerald (verified owner)

    My comments above incorporates the advanced techniques taught here

  35. Paul L. (verified owner)

    This is a great addition to my editing process – great and enthusiastic training as always and the panel itself allows me to do things that I would never have the time (or memory) to do manually in Photoshop….. great job Blake!

  36. Cristen (verified owner)

    I have been dodging and burning for 20 years, but watching Blake use his panel convinced me I’d been taking too much time doing it the hard way. I’ve been using it extensively the past week, and it really is much easier having it right there to do all the boring stuff for me.

  37. David (verified owner)

  38. Maurice D. (verified owner)

    I bought the XP- Pen G640 Tablet. This has been a useful tool for your Dodging and Burning Course. It does take some getting used too. Now on to the course itself this has proved very good and very informative, with your video’s and practice files. This course is a must if you want to learn how to sculpt and add depth to your photos or art work. The panel is a must have tool for Dodging & Burning it offers so much.

  39. Dennis (verified owner)

    Makes D&B much easier

  40. Wayne Henson (verified owner)

    The panel is awesome. really helps with the workflow efficiency. All your panels are fantastic

  41. Art (verified owner)

    Dodging & Burning, Advanced – again this is what I’ve come to expect from Blake’s courses… full of options; insights to ways of thinking about post-processing; and is smattered with other useful information such as color theory.

  42. Rhoda (verified owner)

    Very easy to use. Thx for doing all the work

  43. Edwin D (verified owner)

    See comments above.

  44. Bjoern (verified owner)

    Worth every penny, wonderful explained by Blake and the Panel, that comes with the course, is amazing and easy to use

  45. Randy (verified owner)

    Thank you for your craftsmanship and excellent product.

  46. Eugenio (verified owner)

    Después de hacer este curso no me quedan dudas sobre esta parte de la edición de la fotografía que no deb faltar en ese proceso. Completo, fácil y , una vez más Blake abre caminos que ignoraba.

  47. Charles Fleischman (verified owner)

    What a difference this makes! Blake’s explanations of how and why these methods make it clear, understandable and usable. Follow his instructions and download the tools only after watching the videos.

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  49. David (verified owner)

    Best Dodging and Burning tool ever.

  50. Luis (verified owner)

    Absolutely worth every penny and more! Can’t get enough learning from Blake.

  51. Peter (verified owner)

    needs to be updated to reflect Blakes Linear Light methods

  52. Arne (verified owner)

    D&B in a developed way. I learned very new methods.

  53. Grant (verified owner)

    I reckon the two dodging and burning courses Blake offers are probably a couple of his most important offerings. I can see a big difference, dare I say improvement, in my images, particularly the mono and Blake gave me the tools and the information to make this difference. I know I sound like a broken record but his teaching style make it easy to understand and uncomplicated. To get a great end result I know what to do and why, can’t ask for more than that. Onya Blake, you’re an absolute ripper.

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