Burn Tool

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About the Burn Tool

The burn tool is used to selectively darken areas in an image or photo. Burning is an old school darkroom photography technique where a photographer would control the exposure of the photographic plate to darken certain areas in an image. To burn the image the photographer would use a stencil to increase the relative exposure of certain areas of the photographic plate. The resulting image would be darker in the areas with more exposure. With digital image editing there is no need for a darkroom or stencils. You can darken areas in your image with the burn tool available in the online image editor at gifgit.com. Upload an image to use the burn tool.
Burn tool main example

How to Use the Online Burn Tool

  • Upload an image using the form above.
  • Press and drag in the image to darken areas using the burn tool strokes.
  • Adjust the settings in the tool options bar to set the size of the burn tool.

How the Burn Tool Works

Selecting the Burn Tool

The burn tool is easily located by a grippy hand looking icon in the toolbar. Clicking the icon loads the burn tool to the online image editor and the tool options bar with its saved settings.

Darkening with the Burn Tool

To darken an area with the burn tool you stroke the image in the desired area. Change the size and blur of the stroke using the input fields in the tool options bar. When darkening an area try to use the largest brush size that will cover enough of the area to eliminate having to make too many repeted strokes. This will prevent overlapping and compounding of darkened areas.

The strokes can be made softer by increasing the blur. This will make the darkened area transition smoothly to the outside areas. A smooth transition will make the darkened area appear more natural.

Adjusting Exposure

The exposure determines how dark the burn tool makes the image when it is used. It can be adjusted by editing exposure entry values in the tool options bar. When adjusting the exposure you may have to iterate through several exposure settings and strokes before you arrive at an acceptable value to darken the image to your liking.

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Layer Masks (Non-Destructive Editing) Yes No
Selection tools Yes No
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