By request, this tutorial will show you how to use the dodge and burn tools to add shading and highlights to elements - in particular, my doodles. What you need to remember is that the burn tool adds shadow, and the dodge tool adds highlights. We'll start with the burn tool. In both programs, it looks like a little hand/fist:
This is what it looks like in PS CC:
And what it looks like in PSE 13... On my program, the burn tool is grouped with the sponge, so I had to click on the sponge to find it
I'm going to show you how to add depth to a doodle with the burn & dodge tools on this little guy: (there's a trunk there, honest!)
With my burn tool selected, I want to go up to my brush and knock the hardness down to 0%. I don't think you can do this in PSE, but that's ok... just pick a "soft round" brush from the default brushes. That does the same thing. You need to pick a size for the brush that you're comfortable working with for your element. Smaller elements will need a smaller brush size, bigger elements, a bigger brush.
Now that I have my brush set up... Starting with the tail piece on this guy, I want to darken where the "poof" at the end of the tail overlaps the actual tail - giving it a little bit of shadowing:
If you shine a light down on something, the underside is going to be shadowed. So, I ran my burn tool down the underside of the tail piece to give it a bit of depth.
Now to make the top side of the tail piece a little lighter. I hit the dodge tool & kept the same brush size for it:
Then hit the top side of the tail piece with it:
It looks like it has some depth to it now... right? Moving on to the "poof" at the end of the tail, I used the burn tool at the bottom and the side of the big part, and the dodge tool along the middle of the poof:
Just keep moving to each piece of the element and dodge and burn as you see fit...
Front legs - told you there was a trunk!
Left ear & eye
For the right ear & eye, I duplicated the left ear & eye pieces, flipped them horizontally and moved them to the right side of his head.
Here I added a little burning to the head up under the eyes to add a little shadow
Little hair sprouts
When you think you're done, zoom the element out a little bit so you can see the whole thing... I did this on the right, then decided to add a few tweaks around the pink part of the ears and around the trunk.
Now he's ready for some texture and the final save! There is no right or wrong to using these 2 tools, and the undo button will be your best friend (no, really...). Just remember to adjust your brush size if need be and that the burn tool shadows while the dodge tool highlights.
Here's a look at the dodge & burn tool on the recent banana tree freebie. I hid the doodled line layers (sometimes I use them, sometimes I don't), then used the burn tool to add shadow and the dodge tool to add highlights:
I do have a set of styles in the works that will help make using the dodge and burn tools a little easier and hope to have those out within the next couple of weeks. I'll update this page with a link once they are done and in the shop!
I hope you found this little tutorial useful - if you have any questions, feel free to ask! My email and comment boxes are always open ♥