If you shoot outdoor portraits during Christmas season in Northern Hemisphere, your subjects’ skin may look red due to the cold. But there’s a quick and effective way to fix it in Photoshop. Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect will show you a quick tip for removing the red patches from skin, and it will take you less than a minute to do it.
We’ve seen a few advertising campaigns that went Photoshop-free (or at least liquify-free). The latest company to jump on the minimal-retouching bandwagon is MAC Cosmetics, which posted a product photo with unretouched female facial hair. The post provoked a flood of comments – and people love it! Well, most of them at least.
If you are doing any kind of beauty work, you know that skin is one of the hardest things to deal with. You want to make the skin look good, while not ending up with a porcelain face that looks too smooth and textureless to be real.
There are many tricks of the trade for beauty retouchers and Stefan is sharing three of his favorites: 1. How to remove Peach Fuzz (turns out that this is how you call those little facial hairs). 2. How to remove goosebumps. Yea, I know, the easy answer is heat the room up. If you don’t have control over the room temperature, and your model looks like a duck (or a goose), not all is lost. And 3. How to eliminate bruises.
In recent years, the trends in retouching photos have been changing. Altering someone’s appearance isn’t so welcome anymore, judging from the recently reformed guidelines at CVS Pharmacy and Getty Images. Young photographer Peter DeVito has shared a photo series that goes along with these trends, but he’s taking it a step further. In his portraits, he has left the acne unretouched. His goal is to send the message that “acne is normal.”
Removing blemishes is certainly one of the reasons we retouch portraits. And when you’re retouching beauty shots, you don’t want to leave any of them unhealed. Unmesh Dinda a.k.a. PiXimperfect shares a simple trick you can use while removing blemishes in Photoshop. It helps you see them better, and even see the ones that are not obvious at the first glance.
Once, the idea of rotating my canvas when retouching was jarring to me. I knew it was something my peers were doing but I just couldn’t be bothered to try it myself.
After a few one on one lessons where I was “forced” to do it by David Neilands, I actually found a surprising improvement in not only the end result but also in identifying problems quicker with fewer revisions.
Rotating the canvas is actually a technique that was popularised by Pratik Naik of Solstice Retouch. The guy knows his stuff, he won retoucher of the year last year!
No matter who we are, our skin isn’t perfect. It’s just a fact of life. The odd zit here and there, a little scratch, perhaps a single stray hair. There’s always something. So, for portraits, temporary blemishes usually need a quick touch up. Fortunately, such issues are easy to fix in Photoshop. Or, more accurately, Photoshop offers us several easy fixes.
In this video, Nathaniel Dodson from Tutvid shows us five different ways to get rid of them. Each of the techniques shown has its advantages as well as its down sides. Nathan talks through make the most of them and overcome the potential problems. He also explains how these techniques can be used on other images besides portraits, such as landscapes.
Do you use Photoshop for your portrait photos? Silly me, of course you do. We all do, and that’s fine. But do you draw a line between acceptable and unacceptable amount of retouching? Do you merely emphasize people’s natural beauty, or are you the one who makes them look beautiful? Scott Kelby – photographer, retouchist, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, gives a fantastic and inspiring talk on this topic. Why do we retouch people in Photoshop? And do we know what our job as retouchists is?
If you are doing a still image and want to add some burning skins effects, this video will show you a quick 10 minutes way to do so. You start with a “blank face”, we chose a model on a white background, but any face will do.
To get the scorched texture we used a tree bark (from here) and to get the fire inside we used a fire effect from here. It’s a 7 minutes video, and by the end of it you will have a new tool in your photoshop arsenal.
The healing brush tool in photoshop is one of more powerful tools the editing software has to offer. It is often used to clean skin, repair walls, or do any kind of work that requires repairing a texture without changing the color and luminosity of an area. Stefan of RAW.Exchange was kind enogh to send us three tips on how to properly use the healing brush tool.