Basic Portrait Editing
This is the most common editing most people do. You took a picture of a friend, yourself, whoever (picture credit to my friend Amanda Fenley). And now you want to make it look extra nice! So here’s how I do it. First open your image in Photoshop and do the usual image flattening as seen below.
First, take the highlights all the way down, shadows all the way up, and open the image.
Now make a color lookup layer (1) and set it to filmstock_50 (2)
Now were going to add a little fill light to the dark areas of my face. Make a new layer (1) then make sure its in between the color lookup and the background (2) Then select the paintbrush tool (3) Then set your brush hardness to 0% and the size to be about the size of the area your painting (4) Set the flow to about 5% (5) and then set the color to white (6) Then paint white in the dark areas! (7)
Set the layer blending to soft light (1) Now zoom out and see what it looks like and adjust the opacity (2) You might have to adjust a little bit, mine, the light was too much on my upper lip so well just erase that spot a little bit. Select the eraser tool (3) change the brush size to again the size of the area your erasing (4) and the hardness to 0% (5). Set the flow to about 5% (6) and erase around the areas that are too light.
Now merge all the layers together by simply clicking on any of them, then holding down CTRL, Shift, and E on your keyboard.
Now were going to get rid of little blemishes. Select the patch tool (1) make sure the settings are all as shown in the image above (2) then select the area you want to remove (3)
Then simply click the area selected, and drag to another area that looks about the same. It will give you a preview of what your copying, so try to make it match as much as possible.
Here ive illustrated what not to do. Obviously this doesn’t match.
Now were going to reduce the bags under my eyes a bit. The key is to only slightly adjust everything. If you do it too much it will be noticeable and look bad. So step one, make a new layer (1) Then select the brush tool (2) and set the brush settings (3+4) Now set the flow to about 5% (5) Were going to simply paint the skin color of the lighter area by holding alt and clicking on the color we want to paint (6)
Now just paint on the dark circles under the eyes. Once you covered it fairly well, change the opacity to blend it in (1)
Sometimes its best if you zoom out and do it so you can see the whole effect. A simple trick to this is to hold CTRL and zero at the same time (1) then adjust the opacity (2) Once your done with that, merge the layers again by holding CTRL, Shift, E.
Now were going to do the jawline trick, I have no jawline so this is a great example. First make a new layer (1) select the brush tool (2) set up the brush tool again with the hardness at 0% (3) and the flow at 5% (4). Then set the color to black (5) and paint two black shadows under the jaw (6)
Then set the layer you painted the shadow on to overlay (1) and adjust the opacity (2). Again, the goal here isnt to drastically effect the image, just enhance it a little bit.
Now lets whiten my teeth a bit. Make a new layer (1) then select the paint brush (2) set up the brush settings (3) and then select black as your color (4) Then paint over the teeth.
Now zoom out (CTRL zero) and then set the layer blending to saturation (1). Adjust the opacity to make it look realistic (2) and then merge the layers together into one (CTRL Shift E)
So here we have the before and after, its all subtle changes, but Its the difference between liking a picture and not I think. Resist the urge to take it too far. I have found that the best images are the ones that match peoples self image.
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