Monday, January 24, 2011

Photo Editing Tutorial Part 2


Welcome to Part 2 of Photo Editing Tutorial.
In this part we're gunna look at touching up and colour correcting.
If you missed Part 1 be sure to check it out!

One of the easiest ways to colour correct is to adjust the levels and curves of an image.
These are pretty much the only things I ever touch on an image (after adjustments in Camera Raw) and what I always include in my actions. 

Usually I use Auto on the levels but sometimes if it's obvious, I adjust the levels by hand.

As you can see above, the levels are shown as a histogram and the right side of this is pretty flat. When it looks like this I usually drag the marker (that triangle thing on the bottom of the histogram) over to where the 'mountain' starts.  This kind of bumps the whites in the image up. If it's flat on the left I'll drag that over the where the 'mountain' starts on that side also, bumping up the blacks. Do a bit of experimentation and you'll see what I mean.

With the Curves, you can do all sorts of interesting things with the colour channels.  This is where you can have some fun with colour correction. At the moment I'm enjoying some cross processing (which is a term left over from the old days of film processing where a film was processed in the wrong chemicals.

As you can see above, the coloured curves are crossing each other. Below is a before and after of what this kind of processing does to an image.

Again, just experiment! You can also find heaps of resources on deviantART and other sites... Google is your friend!

Ok, now comes the time to touch up images of people... When you're doing wedding photos and the client wants some that are going on the wall, you want them to look their very best.  Sometimes when you're sitting funny or your head is on a certain angle you get lumpy, bumpy or bulgy bits that aren't very flattering. This is where the Liquify Tool (found in Adobe Photoshop) becomes very very useful!

Here's an example- 

It's that easy... try it! But don't go too heavy & be careful.. it's very easy to make it look fake!
Blemishes and stray hairs are a thing of the past with this tool.
Check it out -

It looks just like the brush tool, but kind of clones and blends over the blemish so you get a smooth appearance that looks like the surrounding area. Too easy! You can use the clone tool as well, but once again be careful or you'll make the skin look like plastic! 

And that ends this short tutorial on photo editing. 
Hopefully these short tips have helping in some way!

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