This tutorial is by NO MEANS intended as a comparison or suggested as a substitute for a virtual darkroom application such as Photoshop. Rather, the intention of this tutorial is simply to demonstrate how dodge and burn techniques can be accessed and utilised within ARTRAGE for the following reasons:-
- Not everyone using Artrage has a copy of Photoshop
- For a quick dodge or burn it can be handy not to have to open up another application
- Having to constantly flip work between two applications can be disruptive
- The undo system of Artrage can be preferable to the history palette within Photoshop, when screen real estate is an issue (laptop's, tabletPC's)
- Artrage will dodge and burn in certain situations that Photoshop will not e.g. Artrage will dodge a black background area (0,0,0) if white (255,255,255) is set as the brush colour, Photoshop will not
The terms Dodge and Burn stem from darkroom techniques used in Photography to manipulate the exposure of certain areas of a negative to improve contrast. Dodging would decrease exposure to result in a lighter area and Burning would increase exposure to result in a darker area.
Many digital programs have tools that can mimic this process.
In a program such as Photoshop or Gimp one would choose the dedicated Dodge/Burn tool and then choose a brush head type (usually an airbrush).
In Artrage we do this in reverse by choosing the tool (brush head) first and then choosing the colour dodge/colour burn blend mode for that tool.
Artrage Dodge and Burn Tools
There are 3 tools in Artrage that support the colour dodge/colour burn blend modes:-