Post Processing

Top 3 Fashion Retouching Tips

So here it is… the thing that you’ve all been hanging tight for; no lie, no obscuring, no snappy, simple, quick, one-activity systems from your companions at ThePhotoshopGuru .com. Just you sitting in your seat, or on your sofa, or in your bed, (the manner in which I like to do it) with your eyes. Give me a chance to present myself… My name is David Skyler, and on the off chance that you haven’t heard at this point I’m the full time in-house correct craftsman/visual originator/all around tech-nerd for Melissa Rodwell and obviously her adoring spouse and colleague. Here are some modifying tips that may lead you the correct way and help you make your mold photos a lot more grounded.

Tip #1 : Learn to Squint, Tilt your head, and TRAIN YOUR EYE.

Do the little subtleties tally? The appropriate response is… ENORMOUSLY! Have you at any point known about the “Butterfly Affect”? This is not kidding, individuals. No joke. Where might you be at the present time if that plane you’re sitting in had a little fasten stuck its turbine?

The inquiry you have to ask yourself is this: for what reason does a basic site, with no huge external gleams, quick moving impacts, or swirly delineations move you and catch your eye? How about we begin with the 3 essential hues. The fashioner chose to utilize these explicitly to keep your eyes hovering towards the focal point of what he/she needs you to peruse. The text style coordinates the logo so well, that they nearly move as one. Or then again what about the route that is set at precisely the ideal place (x and y esteems), to keep you exploring through the site? Things being what they are, I ask you once more, do the little subtleties check?

Do this analysis for me. Open up any 1 of the 10,000 pictures you have on your PC at this moment. Hang ON! Try not to OPEN THE ALL-IN-ONE PLUG-INS FILTER JUST YET!!! Presently I need you to painstakingly, pause for a minute to see what is diverting you from this picture. When you squint your eyes, tilt your head, zoom-in and out, what subtleties/components are DISTRACTING you from encountering the full impact of this picture? Is it the white sparkly spots on the foundation? The additional arrangement of Lawn Mower Hair flying over her lip? Soil from the focal point that shows up on the model’s shirt? Or on the other hand the interesting shade of green radiating off her arm zoomed in at 200%, otherwise called moiré (an impact that just advanced cameras have on pictures, by endeavoring to reproduce a shading that doesn’t exist in its range)? Here is a picture I have recently haphazardly pulled up and have hovered ALL of the spots on the body that are a diversion to me.


Tip #2 : Using SKIN HEALING FILTERS, ACTIONS, EVIL “I DESTROY PIXELS” TOOLS = BAD – Make beyond any doubt the last item looks as astonishing on PAPER as it does on the web.

Genuinely folks, what number of individuals out there do you think have the SAME EXACT photoshop channels/activities as you do, utilize the equivalent correct things you do, with similar sorts of cameras and a similar sort of lighting? Take a gander at the download numbers, they don’t lie. Indeed, I won’t deceive you and disclose to you that, yes it will take additional time, however it will at last pay off for you over the long haul. The long run importance, when you need to get your pictures off a 600 pixel estimate illuminated screen and onto a bit of REAL PAPER. Basically, obscured pixels don’t look great printed. As I would see it, HDR 2001 space peculiarity shading tones don’t look great printed, nor do I figure you will discover numerous REAL craftsmanship executives who will contract you for a form battle who don’t concur. They are outdated, the darkroom is old fashioned, avoid and consume is old fashioned, genuine hues that deal with genuine PAPER is OLD SCHOOL. Photoshop was made as a computerized darkroom; it has every one of the apparatuses you will ever require. Truly, it has a recuperating brush and it’s astonishing, in the event that you use it accurately. In any case, don’t make your brush measure greater than 10 pixels and endeavor to swipe over a large portion of an arm in 2 seconds. Make your brush as large as the spot, and if the spot is too enormous, well think about what, there are different devices for that. It’s imperative to utilize each instrument for the reason it was made, all that you require is there!


GOOD: Regular Skin Texture


BAD (for fashion): *Nik Color Efex Skin Softener*

At the point when individuals ask me on this blog how shots are modified and what sort of after generation is done, the appropriate response I give them is “Do whatever it takes not to utilize mechanized devices, for example, skin conditioners”. What these instruments are fundamentally doing is aimlessly utilizing calculations that obscure pixels and remove the sharpness and surface of a picture. Skin and apparel surface are the absolute most critical parts of making your pictures emerge when printed, as the printer is perusing 300 specks for every inch instead of 300 of the equivalent obscured spots per inch. This isn’t to state the skin shouldn’t look impeccable. Mold, generally, (except if you are taking a shot at guys) is truly immaculate, yet it takes significantly additional time than you would might suspect. In the event that your pictures are taking anything short of 4 hours to complete (particularly in case you’re simply beginning), there is something incorrectly. In the first place, 1 picture would take 2 days for me to wrap up. Presently, in light of the fact that I am significantly progressively mindful of the regions I have to assault and the structure of my work process, it will just take me around 4 hours to finish a picture.

A little case of my layer setup:

1. Unique Layer

2. Recuperating Layer (Includes, imperfections, pimples, foundation spots, hair fly-aways and so forth.)

3. Evade and Burn Layer (clarified in later instructional exercises)

4. Liquify Layer (this ought to dependably be your last layer, since the majority of the diligent work you’ve done already can generally be spared without twisting the picture first.)

5. Shading Correction Smart Objects (you can start modifying shading from the earliest starting point, as this will make for less demanding correcting)

This is extremely a smart thought of what I do while correcting it is practically the entirety of my means; and I typically wind up with 4 layers and my shading modifications.


I addressed this a smidgen in the last tip, utilizing certain HDR Filters, Bleach Bypass Effects, and so forth to make your picture look “Cool” is okay what not. Once in a while incidentally, extraordinary, however I need to state, “you’re in the WRONG business”. On the off chance that you prefer to change your pictures as such, I suggest turning into a games, craftsmanship, vehicle, or item photographic artist. There’s nothing amiss with it and I’m not attempting to reject these methods… but rather the truth is, Fashion and Beauty photographs specifically have extremely regular skin tones. I can’t reveal to you how often I have seen pictures that are OVERLY SATURATED, have excessively RED, GREEN, or ORANGE, or are only so preposterous, there’s a lot of EVERYTHING, or insufficient of ANYTHING.

When working with shading and endeavoring to keep a characteristic quality to skin tone, attempt to recall the model, all things considered; what their skin tones were, and so on. Sounds insane, however attempt to envision them directly before you; this is dependably the best procedure. It takes an exceptionally prepared eye to learn shading, it has taken me long stretches of experimentation, to at long last acknowledge how to adjust it and see it. It ought to be done in little additions. In the event that you feel there is excessively red, don’t go to your tint/sat and attempt to take out 20% red. Take out 3% red and perceive how it feels to you, perhaps include or expel some blue, to make increasingly yellow. It’s NOT in every case pretty much taking out 1 thing, since you are not JUST taking out 1 shading, you are diminishing an entire range of hues, much the same as blending paints, you need to blend and match to locate the ideal equalization. Certainly, there are a lot of other shading tones utilized in design, however at an extremely negligible augmentation. That is the reason it’s imperative to adjust your hues out first and go from that point.

A great deal of times, you will see pictures that have a ton of desaturation in the skin tone, making them look “pale”. This is an extremely regular tone, however it depends on a little addition of desaturation on numerous dimensions and “specifically”. I say specific, due to course there will be times where the skin tone looks flawless, however the dress looks excessively green or not “conspicuous” enough. It’s alright to go in and specifically “pop” the dress, however ensure you do this while remembering the general tone of the picture, so it doesn’t fly out at you like IMAX 3D.

On different pictures, you will here and there observe a “gold skintone” or extremely gleaming hues, (normally utilized in promoting efforts). Despite the fact that the hues are “somewhat over soaked” for the most part these models have been made to look along these lines even before post with the sort of make-up, (shower on-sparkle), the kind of lighting, and the environment and range of hues utilized in the shot, and additionally camera settings. Endeavoring to change a shot that has not been as of now pre-organized this sort of shading tone is significantly harder to do.

Post Processing

Mastering The Digital Workflow

We are offering to the perusers of, the procedures we experience in our work process. Subsequent to uncovering our tips for the photographic work process, there are two sorts of work process that picture takers should focus on. In this article we will examine the other portion of the condition, that is, the computerized work process. How about we bounce directly into it!

Digital Workflow

This applies to everything that includes a PC, get pictures from the camera to preparing for print.

– Use a card peruser to bring pictures from your CF/SD card to your PC. (Try not to bring them over through your camera!)

– Download specifically to your hard drive – don’t acquire through iPhoto or another photograph program – This makes issues and disarray while attempting rename and separate individual pictures.

– Create a sorted out record structure so you can discover anything at a minutes take note.

– Bring pictures into Lightroom or Bridge to survey

– Bring pictures into Photoshop to modify

Download Directly To Your Hard Drive:

Make another organizer > Open up the DCIM envelope on your CF card > Select and drag pictures to new envelope you simply made

Document Structure:

My documents are fastidiously composed, as presented beneath:

Year > Month > Shoot date/name

Each shoot has a lot of 6 organizers that are worked in. Nothing exists outside of these 6 organizers. At that point comprise of:

1. Catch – All pictures shot from the session, further separated into envelopes dependent on look #

2. Crude Selects – ONLY the RAW records for the pictures I’ve chosen to modify

3. Working Files – PSD’s from the records I’ve modified

4. Last TIFFS – Flattened, last pictures prepared for print

5. High Res JPEGS – Flattened, last pictures in high-res prepared to pass out to my group/customer/and so on

6. Low Res JPEGS – Flattened, last pictures measured and arranged for web use

Looking into Images In Lightroom:

To the extent checking on pictures goes, there is no set in stone way, this is exactly how I do it. Once more, keeping with the equivalent careful record structure that I use to store my pictures, my Lightroom is sorted out a similar way so I can without much of a stretch flip between looks from a shoot.

– Flip through every one of the pictures (by look) and “banner” or “pick” whatever hops out at me at first by clicking “P”

– Use the channel choices to see just pictures that have been hailed. Further limit your choice, first by utilizing 1 ★ and working your way up to 4 ★’s.

– Once I get to 4 ★’s, I’ll see every one of my takes a gander without a moment’s delay to figure out which pictures work best together and stamp my last chooses as 5 ★’s.

– Create a contact sheet to send to customer/organization/whoever dependent on pictures appraised 4 and 5 ★’s.

To Create A Contact Sheet:

1. Select pictures in Lightroom

2. Record > Print or Select “Print” from the menu on upper right

3. Upper right pick “Single Image/Contact Sheet”

4. Play with “Design” to decide how your contact sheet is spread out

5. Spare your contact sheet as a PDF to email to customers and spare a duplicate for yourself in your recently sorted out document structure!

It’s useful to include document names under the pictures so you recognize what picture your customer is discussing.