When you’re retouching images, there is a fine line between making someone look fresh – and turning them into a cartoon. So how do you know when you have gone too far? And what can you do to minimise the amount of retouching you need to do – by capturing the right image in the first place?
In this episode, Gina and Valerie talk about the fine art of retouching, where and when you need to do it – and how to ensure that you get the right look.
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Inspired by a post in a retouching forum where a photographer had retouched an image of a 80 year old woman and made her look 30.
Get it right in camera
- colour balance
- over expose skin tones by 1 stop
- shoot wide open to eliminate detail
- careful posing can eliminate lumps and bumps . E.g leaning forward to eliminate double chins, ¾ angle to make people look smaller
A good makeup artist can make eyes appear larger and minimise flaws.
A genuine smile a positive energy can make someone look years younger.
Do the 30 second scan before you press – it will save you hours in retouching
- Blown highlights (not from the hairdresser)
- Rubbish in back of shot
- Fly away hairs
Natural skin retouching
- The trick is to make skin look natural and keep the original texture of the skin and eliminate any blemishes
- Wrinkles and bags: Many photographers overdo the retouch on lines especially under the eyes
- Best skin touching techniques
- Dodge and burn using curves
- Frequency separation
- Brush tool on a new layer
- Clone stamp on an empty layer using lighting
- Minor blemishes use clone stamp in Lightroom
- Shadow slider
- Too much clarity will increase mid tone contrast and can make skin tones look harder or highlights detail
- Over sharpening will do the same thing
Use the overnight rule!