Sweet Soul Hand Edit
Feb 28, 2018
I edited this traditional image with a little bit of compositing. It did end up being a little dramatic but I intended it to. It was mostly a hand edit and if you sign up for my premium membership you can watch the full tutorial.
I shot the image with a Nikon D750 and an 85 mm lens. This was shot in studio and there was a little bit of natural light coming in from the top and I used a monolight on the side.
I started off by bringing up the shadows because, as you may already know, I don’t like to have true blacks in the image and lose any details. I brought up the oranges in the image to brighten it up a little bit. I did do some cropping to the image but if you’re doing this for a client keep in mind the size you’re printing at before you start cropping in an image.
I used one of my frequency separation actions to soften the skin. If you’re not familiar with frequency separation you can download The Ultimate Photoshop Workflow or watch my free tutorial that also includes some sharpening actions.
After softening the skin, I brought some color back to the face. I grabbed curved layers to even the skin out. Also, I added a dodge and burn layer to bring out the shadow areas.
When I’m doing a hand edit, the reason I like to bring the opacity up and bring it back down is really just nothing more than the amount of highlight or shadow.
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I added a texture layer on top of the image. I wasn’t a big fan of it so I blurred it a little and lowered the opacity. It’s always good to blur it out, especially if it is very prominent, it helps it look a little bit more realistic.
To finish the edit, I added some butterflies form PixelSquid and a vignette with some cool toned colors. If you want more of a painted look, you can definitely go in with the dodge and burn and build it up more and more.
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