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How to record your own dodge and burn action.

Recording actions correctly, takes a bit of practice.  How often have you purchased actions and the parts of the script just doesn’t work?    There are a few  sticky points in creating this action but follow the script and you should be fine.

Before I start to record any action I create a blank layer just in case.

Now lets begin.

 Within the actions panel. The actions panel can be found in the drop down from the windows menu.

At the bottom you will see a square icon click that and a pop up box with New action will appear. 

Type in the name of your action.

And recording has started.  If you make a mistake just hit the circle icon and the action will stop delete the mistakes and start recording again. 

Step 1.

Create a new folder in the layers panel.  Name that folder.  I called mine Nina’s dodge and burn.

Right click on the eye and choose a colour you want for the layers.

Step 2 – Creating the burn layers.

In the adjustments panel.  Create a curves adjustment layer.

I pick two points to drag the curves down.

Invert the mask.

To invert select the white mask and hit command i.

Duplicate the layer.  Now to duplicate correctly for this action simply drag the burn curves layer down to the new layer icon in the layers panel.

Next step is to create the dodge layers.

Same process just increase the curve.

Now there should be 4 curves adjustment layers in the dodge and burn folder.

The next step is crucial for this action to work.

To record correctly the process.

Hold shift, alt and the open [ key and tap the [ till you select all 4 layers.

Now on the bottom of the panel select the folder and rename the folder working dodge and burn layers.

 

 Step 3

Create a new blank layer.

Edit – Fill that layer with 50% Grey

Change the blending mode to colour and the image should be black and white.

HOW TO RECORD YOUR OWN DODGE AND BURN ACTION

Step 4

Add a new curves adjustment layer to add some contrast.

Shift alt and [ to select the curves and 50% grey layer.  Create a new folder and name that folder helper layers.  You can delete these or switch off they eye when you have completed the dodge and burn.

NOW THIS IS WHERE MY ACTIONS ARE DIFFERENT TO OTHERS. 

I include the dodge and burn brush into the action.

  Open the working dodge and burn folder and select either the dodge and burn layer you wish to start working on. Select the mask. 

Now select the brush tool.

Then if you have a brush  specifically created for dodge and burning.  Select that brush in the tools panel.

Now stop recording hit the red spot in the action panel.

 You have created the action and now open a new image and press record and see if it works.

Step 4

Add a new curves adjustment layer to add some contrast.

Shift alt and [ to select the curves and 50% grey layer.  Create a new folder and name that folder helper layers.  You can delete these or switch off they eye when you have completed the dodge and burn.

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