burning, cloning, dodging

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  • #9690 Reply

    Liz Lucero

    How do you use the burning and cloning feature on Ribbet? I am usually pretty good on figuring things out by playing around with features (like the plastic surgery) but this one I cannot figure out.

  • #9693 Reply

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for reaching out to us!

    The Dodge and Burn tools are used to subtly lighten and darken areas of your photograph. This is most commonly used to improve the contrast of specific areas (as opposed to the entire photo). An easy way to remember which tool is which is to think of “burning” as in burning toast, making it darker. The effect is subtle, but if you paint over the same area a number of times you can gradually make it more dramatic.

    Cloning on the other hand is copying one area of your photograph to another. You select a “source” (by clicking on your photo), then paint onto the “target” (by clicking and dragging). This basically “clones” (or copies) the source area onto the target area. This is particularly useful when you want to remove an object from a photo – you can clone a nearby area over it (for example you could clone a wall over a person you wanted to remove). You can also use it to duplicate features of a photo, such as to add more clouds to a sky by cloning an existing cloud.

    Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • #17477 Reply


    I cannot change a yellowish color to a very light brown on a person’s hair. I have tried burning, cloning from a different area, highlights, and every variation within these. They all seem to deepen the yellow. I also tried the tool that decreases shine. Any tips? Thanks

  • #17482 Reply

    Hi Lee,

    Thanks for reaching out to us!

    There are many different ways to achieve this. One way is:

    – Open up the Effects tab > Sketch tool
    – Change the color to #662800 (you can enter the code after you click the color selector above the color rectangle)
    – Change the Blend Mode dropdown to Hardlight
    – Paint onto the hair
    – You can also then adjust the Fade to find a natural looking level. You could also experiment with other brown colors.

    Regards – The Ribbet Team

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