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This tip comes straight from the man himself, Glyn Dewis. It’s an ultra simple method that takes 2-3 minutes and yields amazing results. I was looking to create a similar effect and was having minimal success when I happened to stumble upon this tutorial after signing up for the newsletters on Glyn’s site. If you haven’t checked it out I recommend doing so as Glyn posts a ton of great tips and if you sign up for the newsletter you get a free 40 minute workshop download which includes the cartoonish look we’re going to create in this tutorial.
And don’t let the blurry “After” image fool you. Click it for a better preview.
I’ll admit it. Not to long ago dodging and burning remained a bit of a mystery to me. Everywhere I looked I got the advice “make the darks darker and the brights brighter”. This advice, while not inaccurate, was frustratingly vague. I tried applying it to a number of images using the dodging and burning tools native to Photoshop but my results varied not only between photos but in different sections of the same photo. Yet, through much trial and (many more) errors I’ve picked up a few methods along the way that have become part of my work flow. In this tutorial I will discuss one of these methods (dodging and burning with curves) and exactly where you should to dodge and burn.
Now if you’re one of those people who are intimidated by curves, don’t be. At least not for this tutorial as I’ll show you exactly what to do. To be honest using the curves adjustment layer is probably one of the easiest steps you’ll do. Also, though I typically dodge and burn towards the end of my work flow, and I do recommend you do the same, this advice is not set in stone. I must admit however that much of this technique I picked up from a Youtube video a little while back, so I can’t take credit for this method (my apologies but I don’t remember the artist’s name, but if you know it and comment I revise my post). Continue Reading
I purchased Scott Kelby’s Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers with Photoshop (in electronic format) a little while back and didn’t give it much of a chance. I popped it open (virtually of course), flipped to the contents, went straight to a couple areas that I wanted to tweak in a photograph that I was working on at the time and closed it. That was a few months ago. More recently, having decided I wanted to learn some high key lighting techniques in an effort to expand my abilities, I went back to this book when it came time to do my post production and I couldn’t put it down.
In this tutorial we’re going to cover how to fix someone’s eyes if there uneven, a little askew or simply not the same size. It’s a subtle change but as you work through the steps I guarantee you notice a big improvement in your own image. This is also a fast step in my retouching workflow and should take 2-3 minutes to complete, once you’ve done it once or twice.