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8. Dodge and Burn on a Grey Layer

While the lights in your image will provide a great amount of highlight and darkness on an image, you can accentuate this a little bit further by dodging and burning on the image non-destructively. Create a new blank layer. Select Edit > Fill, and fill the layer with 50% gray. Once the layer is filled, switch the blend mode of the layer to Overlay. On this layer, use the black and white colors with your brush to dodge and burn portions of the image (see Figure 11). Painting with the color black will burn in portions of the image. Painting with white will dodge and brighten the image.

If you temporarily switch the blend mode back to normal on the image, Figure 12 shows what your layer would look like.

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