Best Kept Photoshop Secret Alternative to Dodging & Burning

Can’t wait to give it a go.

Photofocus (old site)

Have you ever been working away in photoshop, keyboard short-cutting like no other, when suddenly you do something that is unexpected and awesome?  It happened to me when working on a image of the French Quarter in New Orleans.  This technique is one of the best kept secrets in Photoshop and it has changed the way I post process forever.

The original image, shot in New Orleans in 2004.

For years I have been reading all these crazy complicated ways to dodge, burn, lighten, darken and vignette.   Complex stuff involving layers and masks and various kinds of techniques.  Because the Dodge and Burn tools don’t match my taste, I was searching for a better option. .

There is a simple tool that does it better than any other.  Drum roll please:

It’s the History Brush.    I know what you are thinking.  History brush?  Where is it?  What does it do?…

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