I found these vintage photographers in. Shop down the lanes. They are inspiration for my next shoot about the history of mental illness and mental asylums. The oldest photo I found is from 1908, that’s 106 years old! (The date on it is also my birthday!)
Album EP for a solo artist Sabrina, Check out her facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/SabrinaLGunston
Hey guys, today I’m going to do a tutorial which will go towards my arts award. Hope you can all understand it! I am using Photoshop adobe CS2 but they all have these basic tools.
Once you’ve done a portrait shoot, choose the photo you wish you edit. I’ve chosen this close up portrait so that you can see the detail in the face and to show you how you can edit close up.
2. Getting rid of blemishes, spots and unwanted detail. Unlike in real life, photoshop makes it so easy to get rid of any unwanted spots! Under the crop tool on the side bar is the ‘healing tool’ which will look something like a plaster. To use the healing tool all you do is hold ALT and click on a clear bit of skin, then click again over the spot and WHEY its gone.(I have circled the healing tool in red and the blemishes in blue) I usually only edit out things such as spots, cuts ect..things that go away naturally, unless the client asks otherwise but this is a self portrait so I can edit everything if I wanted.
3. Adding highlights and shadows in the right places.
Sometimes when we use flash or if the photo is slightly over exposed the portrait can loose detail in certain places. A good example of this is in the eyes. In the original photo I think that the make up isn’t as dark as I would have wanted and we can correct things like this using the ‘burn’ tool. The burn tool is a little symbol of a hand and the keyboard shortcut is ‘O’. You can set the intensity of the burn tool at the top of the screen where it says ‘exposure’. I usually keep it to around 10%, anything too high can look a little false. Under this symbol you can also use the ‘Dodge’ tool which will do the opposite and lighten an area. This tool is great for things like adding highlights to the cheekbones, lightening teeth or the whites of the eyes. I have circles the tool in red and the things I am going to edit in blue.
4. Adding colour if needed. Forgotten to put the lipstick on? No worries, we can use any colour we want with photoshop. Adding colour to certain parts of a photo can be used for things like, changing eye or hair colour, adding make-up, changing the sky colour. Of course there are a few ways of doing this, but I will just show you how to add some lip colour. First of all I selected the area I wanted to colour, using the Lasso tool (L). It doesn’t have to be perfectly drawn around as we can erase parts later. Then go to Layer > new adjustment layer > Hue/saturation. Here you can experiment with the colours using the Hue slider or change the tone by using the saturation and darken sliders. Once you have got the colour you want, press okay. Then using a black paint tool erase the parts you don’t want coloured.
5. Adding Gaussian blur. This step all depends on the photo in question but on the whole its a great tool to finish off the photo. I like to add a blur to certain parts of the photos to keep the focus on the face of my model. This is simply done but creating a duplicate layer of the photo (layer > duplicate) and turning off the bottom layer by clicking on the little eye. Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and select the intensity of the blur that you wish. Once you have done this, turn on the under layer by clicking again on the eye and using the erase tool (on a soft brush for a more natural look) and erasing the parts you wish to be in focus.
Here you go! I hope this tutorial was easy to understand, its quiet hard to explain photoshop tools through text. I will probably be doing other blog posts about taking portraits so please follow me!
Thank you guys!
And if anyone is wondering I am in a bath with orange food colouring!