Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Get the Goods: Photoshop Portrait Makeover -- Digital Makeup

Here is the third and final part of the portrait makeover tutorial videos crafted by Digital Photography School forum member Yanik (image-y). Thank you again Yanik for sharing your knowledge.

I was looking forward learning how to use Photoshop to add eyeshadow, blush and lipstick to portrait subjects. Some of my clients cannot afford to upgrade their packages to include a personal session with a make-up artist before the shoot. So it will be good to know that I can add a little more life and color to their portraits myself if necessary without overdoing it.

Important tips from this lesson include:
1) always working on a duplicate layer
2) keep your brushes soft with a 0 hardness
3) use dodge or burn to add contrast
4) lower opacity on your layers to keep the adjustments soft and natural

As usual, Yanik explains there are many different ways to do the same action in Photoshop, so if you have any other great techniques that you use during your editing process, please share them here in the comments section. And if you need some more ideas, YouTube has plenty of similar tutorials that can help you.

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