One of my biggest pet peeves with dodging and burning techniques is that it can may make your image look muddy and gray if you have a large area to address (say, lightening an eye shadow or darkening an over-exposed forehead). But you can tint your adjustment brush with whatever color your desire. Even better, there’s a trick for picking the precise color from anywhere on the picture... in fact, from anywhere on your computer screen.
- Select the Adjustment brush
- Click on the color box beneath the sharpness slider
- Click anywhere in the color picker box
- Then hold and drag to the point on your screen you want to sample. It will same that color.
This isn’t the best technique for working with people/portraits, but it works great with landscapes and other images.
The color picker tool also works with the Graduated Filter.