Dodging and burning is one of the oldest and most essential photo editing techniques. In this featured video, Jimmy McIntyre shows you why the most widely used techniques to dodge and burn are not really the best and how to apply dodging and burning in a more refined and controllable way.
Digital blending is a set of techniques that allow you to combine different versions of the same image (or different images) into one. The final image is created by revealing and hiding different parts of each layer. These techniques typically involve using layer masks and varying techniques for manipulating them. However, there are also techniques that do not rely on masks at all. In this article, you will learn a set of basic digital blending techniques that allow you to deal with most situations in which you need to blend layers.
Over the years, different software solutions for creating an HDR image from a set of source exposures have emerged. First, it was Photomatix and other dedicated software tools that where mainly used. In parallel, people always used to do manual blending for more subtle results. Then HDR was added to Photoshop and with Lightroom CC/6, it was finally possible to merge your source exposures directly in Lightroom. In this article, you will get an overview of the most commonly used methods and techniques. They are quite diverse and can be used to achieve different types of results, ranging from a classical colorful, detail-rich HDR look to very subtle and natural looking images.
Digital blending is the essence of working with Photoshop, and learning how to blend different layers into one coherent image may seem like a chore to you. But it really is the essential skill you need to acquire if you want to be good at editing your images. Luminosity masks are a very quick and elegant way of creating perfect masks based on the tonality in your images. They let you work on highlights, midtones and shadows separately and can help you achieve a well-balanced exposure throughout the entire image. In this video course, Jimmy McIntyre shows you everything you need to know about creating and using luminosity masks for blending different types of images.
Creating an HDR image is typically involved with a quite time-consuming workflow that consists of merging, tone-mapping and post-processing, possibly spanning several different software programs. But especially if you are creating a night HDR, there is a much simpler and quicker way of doing it, and your final image will also look more natural. In this excerpt from my video course Mask It Like a Pro! I will show you this technique that works by creating luminosity masks straight from the images themselves and using these masks to reveal only the well-exposed parts of your exposure series.