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precious
09-19-2008, 03:28 PM
MY LESSON 2 WILL BE MOVED TO HELPFUL TIPS AND KNOWLAGE PLACE...PLEASE GO THERE TO SEE ME =)

OK, i chose this photo because this is what we pretty much get as parents on a regular basis - cute photo of our lil buger. Well this is not my son but I am sure my friend wouldnt mind =) So please welcome my model for retouching - Tallyn. The photo is bad in many levels but have potentions lol. The photo is underexposed and eyes are totally invisble...
This is what we will have at the end.
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/miss_moscow_russia/beforeandafter.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/miss_moscow_russia/beforeandafter2.jpg

1. Open photo and first thing that cut my eyes is underexposure. I use Photoshop to do all the stuff. In photoshop go to Emaige==>Adjustable==>Levels and move dots like i did on a photo...dont move just one dot...move all 3 it will help with nice balance and prevent photo being "flat" looking.
like this
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/miss_moscow_russia/01openinglevels.jpg
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/miss_moscow_russia/02twickeninglevels.jpg

2. NOW IT LOOKS LIGHTER but not good enough, Now we will PAINT WITH LIGHT
- create new layer so it is above your photo. Change Normal into Overlay mode...get brush and make its opacity to only 10% or so. and make it soft too. Then go over spots you want to be lighter. I like this better than dodge tool because it is all it is own layer and you can erase spots where you dont want (just go with eraser if you did too much)...Pay attention to EYES...do them to the point when you see reflection in it. The more catch light you see the better it will look.
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/miss_moscow_russia/04paintwithlight.jpg

3 NOW YELLOW TEETH STAND OUT
for that dulicate your layer with photo. Make the top layer invisible. We need to work with bottom layer. Go to Image>Adjustable>Hue and Saturdation. Then instead of Master choose yellow and click on a yellow part of teeth, then i just moved SATURATION bar to the left a bit...then it apreared white but dark...same place i used LIGHTENSS and moved it to the right a bit.
after this:
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/miss_moscow_russia/05teeth.jpg

4 SHARPNESS
i go to FILTERS>SHARPEN>UNSHARP MASK. Always do smallest Radius (i do not more than 1) and largest Ammount ( i used 300).
Duplicate the photo layer and make it 50% opacity. Go to Filters>blur>Gaussian Blur and make it around 5-10...and click OK. Then go to your image and erase parts you want to be originally sharp such as eyes, nose, lips and other fase,....you can do those with 100% eraser and use 50% eraser opacity for cheeks and neck and hair,
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/miss_moscow_russia/08blure.jpg
5, last step see what else it needs, I went to levels and made it lighter a bit moving again those 3 dots
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/miss_moscow_russia/09levels.jpg

PS> paint with light also can be used to darken areas - same thing but instead of white bluch you can use black.
Presto!

Changeo!

Photoshopo!

tweederbug
09-19-2008, 03:38 PM
Looks great Katie .. thanks for the tip.

Debra
09-19-2008, 04:07 PM
Wow! This is amazing! I am loving all these tips..we are really going to have our own amazing photos too after hanging out with you all! Thanks so much for sharing!

Muma
09-19-2008, 04:11 PM
Does anyone know what PAINT WITH LIGHT would be in PSP ... the others I can work out. Thanks for your help.

precious
09-19-2008, 04:23 PM
Does anyone know what PAINT WITH LIGHT would be in PSP ... the others I can work out. Thanks for your help.

i dont use psp but i just googled for it
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/photo-retouching/12440-paint-light-paint-shop-pro.html

Muma
09-19-2008, 06:24 PM
i dont use psp but i just googled for it
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/photo-retouching/12440-paint-light-paint-shop-pro.html

Thank you very much ...

j_camargo6
09-19-2008, 08:32 PM
Fantastic tutorial! Thanks so much for the great information!

elenasworld
09-19-2008, 10:28 PM
Wow! Thank you so much!
Amazing
I always see these fabulous, crystal clear sharp photos in the galleries and wonder if everyone has an incredible camera, or am I a bad mommy-photographer!
This is awesome!
(can I have those eyes?)

OneMemory
09-19-2008, 10:59 PM
Love it! Thanks so much for sharing. My flow is a bit different and I'm always looking to see what others do!

precious
09-19-2008, 11:03 PM
Love it! Thanks so much for sharing. My flow is a bit different and I'm always looking to see what others do!

whats yours? =)
I also use a lot of plug ins that i have baught over the course of years...but this is what i do when i dont use plug ins or anything like that...i would like to see your work flow for ENDEREXPOSED photos =) Please share

Veronica
09-20-2008, 03:55 AM
Thanks so much for this hint too, Katia! I'm going to save all of these! You said you use a Canon 40D. What lighting etc do you use?

HollyS
09-20-2008, 04:26 AM
Oh good question Veronica....that's what i have. And thanks once again for the great tip here Precious!

Ina
09-20-2008, 04:58 AM
OH WOW! These are wonderful tips! Have to play around with the photos a bit. :) Thank you Katia very very much for all these wonderful tutorials. Keep them coming. I printed it out and will add it to my "instructions" folder. :)

precious
09-20-2008, 06:11 AM
I use Canon 40D for camera, and Alien Bees for studio lights. I have 3 lights with giant softboxes and 1 reflector. I am looking into getting 4th light maybe for christmas =)
I am glad you liked the ....well you call it tutorial...=) ....the tip how i normally call it =)