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Tigz Rice is a London based photographer specialising in fashion and boudoir with a vintage aesthetic. An Adobe Community Professional and Wacom Influencer, she originally trained in digital illustration before naturally progressing into the world of photography and retouching. Alongside a client list including Cosmopolitan Magazine, Burlesque On Ice and Paris Burlesque Festival, her work has dominated the European burlesque scene since 2009, which consequently means everything she owns is covered with a fine layer of glitter…

In this tutorial, professional photographer Tigz Rice reveals advanced techniques for Dodge and Burn in Photoshop – which use Curves adjustment layers rather than the built-in tools so you can fine tune the results afterwards for even better results.

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Dodge (lighten) and Burn (darken) are techniques that date back to the era of film photography, and were used in the darkroom to create more contrast in the final image than was available in the original negative.

If you’ve played around with the Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop, you may have noticed that not only do they create a permanent effect on the layer, they can also be quite damaging to the colours in the image. Here, Tigz looks at a great non-destructive technique for bringing in areas of added contrast, without compromising the original image.

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