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PHOTOSHOP PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUE

December 17, 2010

Redness reduction #1 In order to reduce redness in the below image I used several tools and techniques. I adjusted this first image whilst following the tutorial on Lynda.com by Chris Orwig. First I opened the ‘Hue and Saturation’ panel, and then selected the reds only; as this is the area I wanted to effect and simply de-saturated the reds. However as I did not want to remove red from all elements of the images (red is an important colour that makes up human skin). To work only on specific parts of the images I created a mask then inverted it and using white painted over the areas I wanted to reduce redness in. This included most of the male subjects face, the female subject’s cheeks and nose and some of her chest area. After doing this I was able to go to ‘Hue and Saturation’, select the reds and then reduce them again but this time only affected the painted areas. Before

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I then had a second attempt on another image using the same technique but this time doing it without refering to Chris’s tutorial. Before

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The effect in the second set of images is a lot subtler, but still noticeable and causes an improvement in the image. Although I may not always be doing touch up work on people this was a good and useful way of learning how to manipulate specific colours and specific areas of colour.

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PHOTOSHOP PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUE

December 17, 2010

Retouching #1 I then decided to take my retouching practice further and use this particular element of photographic manipulation to practice adding colour to images and also using the burn and dodge tools. In this first set of images I changed several elements of the image; lips, eye colour, eye make-up, and I also used the burn and dodge tools. LIPS – What I did with the lips was to change the colour. The first thing I did was create a new layer. I then set the blending mode on this layer to ‘soft light’. After doing this I picked the colour I wanted to use, in this case light pink and then using a small brush painted over the lips. By using soft light I was able to ensure that the texture of the lip were still visible. To finish it off I used Gaussian blur to make the adjustment seem more natural and to hide and brush strokes. I also used the dodge tool to go over the areas of highlight to make sure the lips had shine. Before

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EYE MAKE UP - I used the same technique for the eye as for the lip. However I only applied this technique to one eye as the other one is slightly out of focus which made it harder to make it look natural. Before

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EYE COLOUR – To change the eye colour I used the same technique as in I did for reducing skin redness, using the Hue and Saturation picker tool to select colours within the eye and then saturating them, to make the colour more intense. I could have also changed the eye colour completely. Before

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PHOTOSHOP PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUE

December 17, 2010

I could have also changed the eye colour using ‘Curve’ tool, then inverting the mask and paint over the area as with the skin redness technique. Before

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I didn’t use the burn and dodge tool very effectively, but I just wanted to illustrate how it can be used to deepen contours and great light. I also used it to add more colour to the models cheeks. Retouching #2 I decided to take retouching even further and learn how to make a subject skinnier, as well as applying other techniques previously learnt, such as colour manipulation. Again this is just a way of learning how to use certain tools that can be applied to other uses, such as warping an image or changed the size of another object within it. To alter this size of the subject in the image I used the Warp tool within ‘Liquify’. Before

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The editing in these images is rather crude as it was my first attempt, it is also exaggerated in order to clearly demonstrate how the tool can be used. I have also added colour to the lips and enhanced the eye make-up colour.

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