When it comes to dodging and burning, everyone has their own technique. Some take a little more time than others, but the results will ultimately be better. Fashion, beauty, and portrait photographer Michael Woloszynowicz shows us four different approaches to dodging and burning in Photoshop and explains when you can use each—and what limitations to expect:
There are many ways of removing wrinkles in Photoshop, and there are even third party plugins that do the job for you. However, the goal isn’t always complete removal since that can leave your subjects looking like they came out of a cartoon. You can never be perfect, and when you see a picture where everything is perfect, there is one thought that instantly pops into your head: “That’s Photoshopped.” Luckily, Aaron Nace demonstrates a quick and easy way to remove wrinkles that lends itself to realistic results:
Nace presents two ways to go about retouching wrinkles.
Complete Removal of Wrinkles
The first and most commonly used method to use the healing brush tool and simply get rid of the wrinkles by painting over them.
But as you can see, if you remove the wrinkles completely, something will be missing from that picture; the photoshopping will be obvious. It’s normal for an older person to have wrinkles, after all.
Wrinkles Removed Completely
Reduction of Wrinkles
Nace recommends this second method for more natural looking portraits. Here’s how it’s done:
Duplicate the background layer by hitting Ctrl/Cmd + J.
Make sure you’re working on a layer with pixels.
Select the Clone Stamp tool.
Change the brush mode for the Clone Stamp to Lighten.
Sample an area near a wrinkle and start painting over the wrinkle.
If you use the clone stamp tool directly on the layer, with the brush set to lighten and sample and paint over the wrinkles, you’re effectively removing the shadow in the wrinkle while keeping most of the texture. It’s an easy technique, since it doesn’t copy the texture like a normal clone stamp brush—it just uses the color. That way you keep some of the wrinkles in order to keep the natural look. This can be used over many other imperfections on the skin.
As you can see, the difference in methods is quite evident.
If you use Nace’s second (and preferred) method to reduce wrinkles rather than remove them, you’ll be much less likely to get the “way too much Photoshop” comments.
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Don’t let your black and white images fall flat. Bring out the true beauty of your photographs by adding vibrancy and creamy tones. Zach & Jody show us how a few quick fixes in Lightroom can make your images sing:
In some cases, turning down your saturation may leave you with a nice black and white image. However, the image may fall short, leaving you with muddy tonal definition and lack of detail. Use Lightroom’s HSL Black & White module to define black and white color tones to bring back vibrancy and life to your image.
Be sure to have a look at Graffi’s Action sets in the Graffishop for more Black & White options:
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Just a quick note here that all Action sets in the Graffishop have been updated for installation to Elements 11. All of them also have a manual installation option so Mac users and full Photoshop users can get them, too. I’m now updating all the galleries to show off what these effects can do for you. Check out the newest… Read more →