"Master Dodge & Burn" Course:
Although D&B is considered a fundamental tool for retouchers, this is not a beginners course and thus requires some basic knowledge of Photoshop tools, layers and masks. Despite these pre-requisites we do present each concept from start to finish along with all the necessary layer and brush settings, so you can easily apply the same concepts to your own work.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Dodging and Burning
Duration: 44:40 min
Before we dive into practical examples of D&B, we first have to discuss some prerequisites and talk about where it fits within the bigger picture of retouching an image. We’ll look at why D&B is such a powerful concept and introduce you to the tools and settings you’ll be using throughout the remainder of the course while looking at a few different sample images.
- The underlying theory behind D&B, what it is, how it works, why it is so important and how it compares to some other techniques out there
- The elements of an image: Hue, Saturation & Luminosity
- Local or Corrective D&B
- Global D&B or Contouring
- D&B vs. Other Retouching Techniques
- D&B types within your workflow
- Tools & Layers for your D&B work
- Working with Curves Adjustment Layers for Corrective D&B and Contouring
- Working with 50% Gray Layers for Corrective D&B and Contouring
- D&B as a part of your retouching workflow
Lesson 2: Corrective (Local) Dodge & Burn
Duration: 41:54 min
In this lesson we’ll delve into the implementation of D&B at a localized or corrective level and use it to refine luminosity shifts in the skin and make it look flawless. We’ll explore the technique in a detailed example as well as look at how it can be combined with tools such as the Healing Brush to refine wrinkles in fabrics.
In addition to walking you through the application, we’ll also show you some pitfalls to avoid that can often lead to unnatural results.
Lesson 3: Contouring (Global Dodge & Burn)
Duration: 44:53 min
In this lesson we’ll be exploring the concept of contouring or global D&B.
We’ll look at how to emphasize the key features of the face and body to add more depth and dimension to the image, ultimately giving it a more three-dimensional appearance.
We begin this lesson by looking at a completed beauty image, and then move on to completing our black and white image from lesson two.
Finally, we wrap up the lesson by contouring a color image to serve as an extra example of the technique. In addition to the standard contouring, we’ll also look at how to approach cases of reshaping areas of the face using light and the best strategy for organizing your layers when doing so.
Lesson 4: Color Corrections and Finishing Touches
Duration: 50:11 min
In our final lesson, we’ll be putting finishing touches on our images, particularly from a color standpoint.
While our focus with D&B is the correction of luminosity shifts, it doesn’t necessarily free us from ignoring color completely. Although this isn’t a course on color correction tools, we do spend a fair bit of time talking about how to identify color issues and discuss some of the most useful tools for correcting them.
We’ll also explore how to use D&B to work on details such as harsh shadows, dark spots in the whites of the eye as well as “peach fuzz” on the face, and deal with the resulting color problems in those areas.
- Michael’s D&B Actions
- RA D&B Tool Presets for D&B Brushes
- Practice file (Fabrics)
- Practice file (Beauty portrait)
"Color Grade" Video Course:
This course requires some basic knowledge of Photoshop tools, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes and masks. However, we do provide an overview of each tool used later in the practical lessons as well as the layered PSD files, so you can easily apply the same concepts to your own work.
Lesson 1: Preparing For Color Grading (Raw Processing)
Duration: 37:37 min
- Introduction: Course Outline;
- The Necessary Setup & Terms;
- Prerequisite Knowledge That Will Help You Get the Most Out of This Course;
- Your Artistic Taste & Developing Your Own Style;
- The Importance of Having a Solid Technical Foundation to Continuously Refine Your Color Grading Skill Set;
- Preparing Your Raw Files For Eventual Color Grading;
- The Importance of the Starting White Balance;
- Contrast & Brightness: The Color Grading Potential of an Image.
Lesson 2: Main Color Grading Methods & Photoshop Tools for Luminosity-Targeted Color Grading
Duration: 28:18 min
- The Main Color Grading Methods: Luminosity-Targeted adjustments vs. Color-Targeted adjustments;
- Altering Luminosity in Preparation for Color Grading Using the Curves Adjustment Layer;
- The Black & White Adjustment Layer;
- Using Channels for Selective Luminosity Corrections;
- Using the Black & White Adjustment Layer for High Key Images.
Lesson 3: Photoshop Tools For Color-Targeted Adjustments
Duration: 28:28 min
- The Solid Color Adjustment Layer; Ways to Combine It With Various Blending Modes and Opacity Levels;
- The Gradient Map Adjustment Layer; Ways to Combine It With Various Blending Modes and Opacity Levels;
- The Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer; Ways to Combine It With Various Blending Modes and Opacity Levels.
Lesson 4: Even More Photoshop Tools For Color Grading
Duration: 26:45 min
- A Framework for Color Grading: Broad vs. Subtle Adjustments;
- Using the Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer for Color Grading;
- Using the Selective Color Adjustment Layer for Adding Subtle Accents to the Image and Altering Skin Tones;
- Using the Color Balance Adjustment Layer for Refining the Look of Highlights and Shadows.
Practical Lessons 5-8: Color Grading Practical Examples for Various Types of Images
Duration: 1 hour 36 min
In the remaining lessons, Michael demonstrates step-by-step color grading processes on various types of images, offering a detailed explanation of his thought process and why and how he chooses the color grading tools, layer blending modes and opacity levels depending on the type of image at hand and the desired results.
The goal of these lessons is to help you build your own color grading system based on your own visual preferences, following Michael’s thought process, polished structure and explanations.
- Lesson 5: Color grading a high key image; two examples of step-by-step color grading aiming for a brighter image and then adding more contrast into the image in the first instance and a higher contrast look in the second by using color grading steps to add more contrast to the image;
- Lesson 6: Color grading examples of an image photographed outdoors;
- Lesson 7: Color grading examples of a low key image;
- Lesson 8: Color grading examples of a studio beauty image, including a black & white conversion option.
- Layered .PSD files of all the images from the lessons for your analysis and practice;
- Michael’s Color Grading Custom Actions;