I'm working on a print of a little boy where his cowboy hat needs severe burning in to get back some of the texture. This is a good thing because it allows me to darken some of the surrounding background that is pretty distracting. The trouble I'm having is that with taking the background darker, there are some trickier areas to darken such as around his arm and hand and even fingers (I'm afraid they will look funny if left light). So far, I've attempted making a mask that is about 3" above the easel. I used a print set at this height to do this. Then I cut it out and mounted it on a rigid element so I could hold it. My several attempts at dogding the boy's face and arm by holding the mask didn't work due to the complexity of the shape. I then mounted the mask so it wouldn't move. This amost worked, but I can't quite to seem to get it aligned exacly perfectly. I'm thinking the exposre differences are just too different to do this subltlelly. I've thought about burning in the areas that I need darker rather than dodging the other areas, but I've never really had much luck with burning in on such a large scale. The boy's face and arm are 12 sec's at grade 2, while the hat and the background need +40 more seconds to get texture in the white hat and to darken the background. My other thought is to "give up" so to speak and crop the image a little differently as to make the burning in easier to achieve. It is the fingers that are reallly killing me. If this is making any sense, does someone have any suggestions? I'm probably spending way too much time on this one, but I figure it's a learning experience if nothing else.