Easy Burn Technique with Photoshop

People have been using the burning technique to darken a particular area in a photograph since ages ago. I still remember my photography teacher taught me how to do this in our school’s darkroom when I took photography class in high school. With Photoshop, now we can do this technique with 6 easy steps from our comfy bedroom.

Photoshop Easy Burning Technique

Step 1.

Open up your file by go to file>open or ctrl +O

Photoshop Easy Burning Technique

Step 2.

Create new layer by go to Layer>New layer or Shift+Ctrl+N.

Photoshop Easy Burning Technique

Step 3

Choose Gradient Tool, and edit the gradient

Photoshop Easy Burning Technique

Step 4

1. Choose the orange-yellow-orange gradient, then 2. change the colors to black-white-black by clicking on a little box then 3. change the color in the color box.

Photoshop Easy Burning Technique

Step 5

Apply the gradient to the new layer

Photoshop Easy Burning Technique

Step 6

Change the layer to ‘linear burn’ and adjust the fill and opacity of the layer.

Photoshop Easy Burning Technique

That’s it, here’s the before and after photo again

Photoshop Easy Burning Technique

See also: Photoshop Tutorials

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Comment by pravin varma
2005-12-16 19:42:56


Comment by kjpweb
2008-03-15 06:55:13

Darn – I can’t do that.
No computer in the bedroom… :(

Aside from that it’s not really recommendable to apply a technique like that. It appears heavy handed. The other pitfall trying to use gradients is that you rarely encounter motives that lend themselves to a straight line gradient, which returns you to the sentence before. Too visible.

Comment by didody
2010-05-13 11:38:07

thanks gan


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