Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Photo Retouching: The Tan without the Cancer

When it comes to winter in Washington, theres a bunch of places you'd rather be. Like somewhere tropical or warm. One way to ease those winter blues is to give your subjects that sun-kissed look without tanning beds or smelly sprays.
Read after the jump to learn how.

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And here is the rest of it.We start off with a photo of a girl that is not quite as tan as she would like, so we will take the necessary steps to change that for her.
Step One: Create a blank later and fill it with a brown color that is derived from the skin tine of the girl.

Here you will need to change what you fill the layer with so it says color.
It will prompt you to pick a color wit h the color picker. My preference is to start with a color on your model already and then pick a color slightly warmer and slightly darker than what you sampled from the model.The circle is the color that I sampled from the model and the arrow is the color I chose to use as the fill color for the layer.

Step Two: Change your blend mode to overlay.
Step Three: Add a layer mask by OPTION clicking on the button below. This will give you a mask that is completely black so nothing will be showing.
Click on the mask itself and paint with your brush tool with the color white over the area you would like to be affected by the color. Once you have completed your mask and it looks like everything is painted in, you can option click on the mask on your layer menu and you can see your mask. I painted at 30%-40% opacity with my brush so you can see some of the brush strokes that were left. To blur some of the brush strokes on the image, I wanted to add a gaussian blur to the mask.

Here are my adjustments in the gaussian blur window.
Here is where I am as of now and she is still a bit too orange. So I need to tone down the color and change the hue a bit.

Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

Select the reds from the drop down menu and add these adjustments to the Hue/Saturation Layer.

Your Hue/Saturation layer will be affecting the whole image at this point to to make it only affect the skin you are going to click on the mask on the layer below it and hold down option while you drag it to the Hue/Saturation layer.

You will be asked if you want to replace the mask, click yes. Here is the final tanned image. Good job everyone!!! If you have any questions feel free to email me at Kristina@KristinaSherk.com

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Photo Retouching: A Retouchers Dream

While I was up at Photo Plus Expo in NYC, I took a seminar with Chris Alvanas in which he showed me one of the most useful tools.
Eyelash and Eyeshadow brushes from DeviantArt.com, they have lots of different brushes like this one if you simply search for "eyelash brushed" on the search bar.

How to download located after the break.

Click "download" from the website and it will save the file onto your desktop. You will need to unzip the file (some computers have software for this already installed, but if you don't, you can always control-click (right click) and press "uncompress" from your options.

The next step is to find where the brushed are located already on your computer. You can locate them by clicking on the mac magnifying glass and entering ".abr" into the field.
Jump down to the second or third listing, click on it, and it should show you the path on where that brush lives. Mine says "Macintosh HD > Applications > Adobe Photoshop CS4 > Presets > Brushes" Control-click (right click) and press Open Enclosing Folder which should tale you right to the folder where they reside.

Drag and drop the brush set from your desktop into that folder. Restart Photoshop and they should be in your brush palette.

If you are working on a PC you can watch this video on youtube.

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