ugh.. I can't stand dodge and burn. >< I find 80% of the time it just makes the image look bad mainly because the burn tool doesn't give natural shadows. If you just paint shadows and highlights yourself, it'll look a lot more natural. ^^''
Used to use them like some crazy phycopath. Now that I've experimented with different coloring methods I found that Multiply and Color Dodge I have more control over, and all the other blending modes for that matter.
Dodge= for the occasional highlight (unless I'm making something glowing exposure is never above 40 (exposure is on 80 for glowing)
Yeeees.... I use the dodge and burn tools all the time, so much to the point I get addicted to using it. *Tries not to over do it though* I'm sure I wouldn't use them AS much if I had the aid of a tablet or something, but I'm still a huge D/B user.
i /very/ rarely use the dodge tool. ( and i never touch the burn ) the only time when using the dodge tool is maybe when i'm doing something shiney. o.O not an object, but like, a shiney picture ^.^;; which i don't tend to do. and even if i do, i tend to scrap it because i can't do shiney D :
Dodge tool to add highlights to the hair and to make the eyes shine a bit. I use burn... but not a lot... I add it to the ends of the hair very lightly. Yup. Hair and eyes are the only two areas I use it in - but I try not to overdo it too much.. but the hair and eyes turn out ultra shiney anyways!
Personally I HATE the stupid dodge and burn tools.
Because well, it's like cheating; instead of choosing which colour to use for a highlight or shadow, those tools do it for you. >_<;;
Sadly though, I use it sometimes because I am a hypocrite. But only the Dodge tool. Only when the exposure is like, under 30 percent. And only if it's for touch ups, like if I feel the hair needs to have some highlights, or if I want an unnoticeable shine on the clothing.
Sometimes.. but generally just when I'm shading and find that there's not enough contrast (and even then I clean it up some with a normal brush). But, since usually with dodge and burn you can see the brush marks and it's overly obvious that's what you've used.. I'm fairly turned off by it.
i used to use both a lot to shade and highlight...but now, i avoid them like the plague...i feel like i should be using real color to shade and highlight...dodge and burn don't quite give me the desired effect anymore D: