In the fifth part of Martin Perhiniak’s mini series on Photoshop’s retouching tools, we will talk about the content aware features of Photoshop. Let’s get started!
Creative retouching techniques are often used to enhance the photography that is being used for a particular project. In this tutorial, Stefka Pavlova will show you how to replace a woman’s lipstick with artwork using some creative and effective photo retouching techniques. Let’s get started!
Editor’s note: Thank you to Jozef Zidarov for providing the photography for this tutorial.
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.
First step is to load the image of the pattern that you would like to use. In this tutorial, we will use the UK flag. Set the opacity to 50%. Rotate and position to match the lips angle.
Cut the pattern image into two separate layers (make selection > layer via cut). Make rough selection on both layers to outline the lip shape.
Go to Liquify panel and reshape each piece to match the lip shape.
The artwork’s edges are too clean. Smooth them by adding some noise and then add a blur by going to Filter > Blur > Blur.
Now group each lip layer in separate group and mask the artwork to the contour of the lips.
Before you proceed, get rid of that red color of the lips. Make a few adjustment layers. Hue/Saturation (overall desaturation), Selective Color to reduce the reds and curves to darken. Finally, group the layers and add a mask to match the lips shape.
Make a copy of each lip (up, down) to its own group and blend the upper layers from the group to blend mode Overlay and these layers below to blend mode Hue. Add mask to the Hue layers to hide the extra saturation for more natural look. It’s starting to look good!
Now add a new layer with clipping mask on blend mode Multiply above each Overlay layer. I paint shadows with soft brush opacity set on 5% with dark colors. Group up lip and down lip groups together then mask little the right edge of the lips.
I want to get maximum shine from the original lipstick, so I make Dodge and Burn group of 3 layers. One curve set to Multiply for burn and one curve set to Screen for dodge. Paint with soft brush, low opacity (2%) with black on empty layer set to blend mode Color to desaturate the teeth (they were too red).
Paint on the Inverted (Command/Ctrl + I) black mask with white soft brush with low opacity or flow. I use a graphic tablet and I prefer my settings to be set with 1% flow.
In that stage, the image needs more shading so I make another dodge and burn group. I’m trying to emphasize the highlights. Also I make small dots for a more sparkly look.
The lips need more shadow. Make Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set to Multiply with low saturation. Apply a mask in needed areas and insert it into a group with overall lip mask. That masking gives me more control to the situation so I can easily add or remove layers from the group.
The whites of the UK flag are too bright. Make Selective color adjustments layer, chose whites and set the black to 100%. Paint with white soft brush on the mask over the pure white places from the pattern.
Add a new layer with a sample color anywhere from the skin. Add Gaussian noise. Then go to Filter > Blur > Blur.
Set the layer to Overlay and mask it to reveal the effect on some parts of the lips. Now we have lipstick texture!
I need to add more random sparkles. This is an image of a starry sky which is perfect for that.
Set the layer to Screen blend mode and add mask.
The stars are too many and too bright. I make new adjustments layer Levels with clipping mask to darken the highlights.
I feel this lips need more and bigger sparkles. Place the other star image in the right place and add a mask.
Set the stars layer on Screen blend mode and add Levels adjustments layer with clipping mask. Push Shadows and highlights sliders to the middle until you achieve strong sparkle contrast.
I make another copy of the sparkling sky, rotate it and place into the desired position. Blend mode Screen again.
Fix the color and the contrast of these sparkles with two clipped adjustments layers Levels and Hue/Saturation.
And finally, draw some extra highlights with a small white hard brush.
You might be surprised how many images are sharpened at some point in Photoshop before you see them in print or online. In this detailed tutorial we will explain how sharpening works, when you should apply sharpening to your images, and how best to do it during the post production process. Let’s get started!
A big thank you to everyone who took part in our recent photo retouching competition. We’ve had some fantastic entries, and have collected them all for you to take a look at today! We’ll also be announcing the lucky winners, so read the full announcement over at Phototuts+ to find out more…
Are you new to Photoshop? Have you been trying to teach yourself the basics of Photoshop but have found the amount of educational material available on the net a bit overwhelming? As the world’s #1 Photoshop site, we’ve published a lot of tutorials. So many, in fact, that we understand how overwhelming our site may be to those of you who may be brand new to Photoshop. This tutorial is part of a 25-part video series demonstrating everything you will need to know to start working in Photoshop.
Photoshop Basix, by Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor, Martin Perhiniak includes 25 short video tutorials, around 5 – 10 minutes in length that will teach you all the fundamentals of working with Photoshop. Today’s tutorial, Part 16: A Clone Stamp Tool for Everyone will explain a little about retouching images and cloning non-destructively and wisely. Let’s get started!
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Photoshop Actions: Which Actions are Best for Your Photos?
So imagine this… You sit down at your computer to edit in Photoshop or Elements. And you want your editing to go faster and more smoothly. You decide that you want to buy some Photoshop actions. But how do you decide which ones to purchase? And which should you use once they are loaded in your actions palette?
I frequently get emails asking, “how do I know which set to buy (or use)?” Remember there are hundreds of companies making actions now. You need to find and use products that educate you with their use and help you achieve the look you want. We hope that you love what you see at MCP Actions, but for certain looks, you may need to stray a bit too. Do your homework, and make sure you buy from a company that has excellent customer service and fully supports their products, with help and tutorials.
Here are 10 tips: A guide to help you choose the best actions for your specific photos.
- Try before you buy: MCP Actions has an assortment of single Free Photoshop actions so you can get to know our style.
- Look through before and after examples on each individual product page to see the types of looks you can achieve. If you start stacking your edits, and mixing in more than one set, you can create a wider variety of looks.
- Experiment: Try things and write down your steps on an index card. For looks that you like, keep a little card box with your “Blueprints.”
- Blueprints: Most Fridays I share Blueprints sent in by customers, or occasionally ones that I make into before and afters, with step-by-step instructions.
- MCP Facebook Page: Join MCP on Facebook and post your questions and answers to the “wall.” Ask other photographers, what they would use or how to get the look you want. Feel free to share your images using MCP’s Photoshop actions. Look through older “wall” posts and photos uploaded by other photographers.
- Search the Blog: Search for Photoshop tutorials, look under specific categories for lessons, and check out past Photoshop video tutorials.
- Search the Website: Search for products in the top drop down sections (under “actions” and “training”) – you can organize by the version of Photoshop you have (for example, you could click on Shop By Photoshop “Version” and select “Photoshop CS5” or “Elements 8“). You can also search by “Category” and even “Keywords.”
- Educate Yourself: When deciding what actions you want to use, take the time to watch the Photoshop actions video tutorials and Elements actions video tutorials that come with each product. You can find these 2 places, through the links on the product pages and under “Training.”
- Take Notes: As you start using the Photoshop actions, write down which are your favorites and what looks you get with them.
- Organize Your Actions: After you use certain action sets for a while, you may find that you use some all the time, and others rarely. Learn to organize your Photoshop actions in this video tutorial for a faster, more efficient workflow.
COMING TOMORROW: A Glossary of MCP Actions. Learn which MCP Actions are best for your photos.
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A classic look in photography is Black and White imagery. Black and white images are not always pure; sometimes they are sepia tone or cool blue tone, or even Duotone which is not B/W but most drop it into that catagory. It’s a timeless look and with the right image, and a very powerful look. For professional photographers, it can also be a lifesaver with a high ISO grainy image or an image with incorrect exposure.
I am going to show you today how I recovered an overexposed image into a usable image. I shot it with a wide open F1.4, 50mm (crop sensor so about 80mm) and the between the wide open lens and the lighting, I had an over exposure or perhaps it’s better to call it “flare” going on.
You see my original image of my model below.
I always start my editing workflow in Lightroom. Then I go into Photoshop for any heavy lifting that Lightroom either can not do or does do it well. One of my first steps is to always apply a camera profile preset which brings in the various settings to match my camera, in this case, a Nikon D300. Then I will apply a Black and White conversion preset and do some basic adjustments. As you can see, I apply the camera preset and then I use a B/W conversion preset from Jack Davis.
Once I have these two presets applied, I tweaked it a bit in Lightroom as I show here.
The sharpness has been dialed down to let me run the noise clean up, then I reapply the sharpness as needed.
color noise +27
Even with Lightroom and Jack’s black and white magic, the image is still pretty much middle gray which I despise. So now we drop into Photoshop to really start tweaking the image to a high key look.
My first step is apply a curves layer in Photoshop. This brings out the whiteness of the skin.
Then I make a duplicate layer and start to sample the image and paint it using the samples. I should point out here that while you can do this with a mouse, sort of, it is much better to have a tablet like a Wacom that is pressure sensitive. I can not stress how useful a tablet is when editing like this and you need a very delicate touch.
This editing evened out the shadow under the chin. I made the eyelashes darker, whites of the eyes brighter and so on.
Once I have all my painting finished, I apply a blur to a duplicate layer of the painted image. I then apply a layer mask to hide the new blurred layer. Now I use my Wacom again to paint in the blur at something like a 20% opacity.
You can see that we have gone from a blah image to a dramatic black and white image in the high key style. This style of image really shows off her eyes and the overall beauty of her face without the distractions of lens flare, color and and so on. If you were to print this on black and white paper or aluminum and you have an amazing piece wall art. And if you do this for a client, you are sure to get lots of interest in more types of prints like this. Everyone likes to look like a million dollars and this type of image really does it well.
About Michael Sweeney @Michael Sweeney Photography
I started my visual career by drawing incessantly from the time I was old enough to be trusted with a box of crayons. Now days I blend my photography skills with my extensive knowledge of technology to produce images that are both classic and state of the art.
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