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25 Incredible Photoshop Tutorials

Natalie Portman with Makeup Applied in Post

Realistic Digital Makeup Application in Photoshop

Has there ever been a time where you just couldn’t be bothered to apply make-up before a shoot? Or perhaps the eye shadow you opted for just didn’t work. Whatever the case, adding make-up in post in much easier than you think.

Once you get to grips with the basic techniques, the possibilities are endless…

Ready? Let’s roll!

Step 1. Open your chosen image in Photoshop. Try to start with an image that has minimal make-up to begin with as this will allow you more freedom to get creative. Once you have opened your desired image, create a new layer.

Step 2. The first thing we are going to work on is darkening the eyebrows. For this we are going to use a Quick Mask. Select the Quick mask button which can be found under the color swatch on the panel located on right hand side of the screen. Then use a hard edged brush to paint over the eyebrows. Although you have black selected this will come out red, don’t fret this is perfectly normal!

Step 3. Now press the Quick Mask button again. You should be seeing something similar to the image below. Choose Select>Inverse.

Step 4. Choose a color which you would like to use for the eyebrow and use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the selected area.

Step 5. Now change the layer option to Soft Light, and decrease the opacity as you see fit. You can also use the eraser tool with a soft edge brush and a lowered opacity to lightly remove any unwanted colored areas around the brow.

Step 6. Now you have the ability to use Quick Masks to easily change the color of certain features, you can apply the same technique to alter the hair color. I have opted for an reddish auburn color here but feel free to play around with it. Just remember to always start with a new layer. Once you have altered the hair color, if you want to further adjust the tone, contrast or hue etc you can use Image>Adjustments and use any of following the settings to add more emphasis to the alteration.

Step 7. Adding eye shadow is super easy. I have chosen a brown tone as I feel it will look more realistic but you can choose any color of the rainbow for your own image. Create a new layer, set the layer option to Soft Light, and select a soft edge brush. Paint the eye shadow around the eyes and choose different colors to add more depth. Experiment with a range of opacities and brush sizes to create a natural appearance.

Step 8. Now for the blush! Follow the same steps as you did above for the eye shadow on a new layer. When applying the blush try to consider where it would be placed in real life. You can always tone it down later on by reducing the opacity of the layer.

Step 9. Let’s make those lips stand out with a little lipstick. Create a new layer then use the Quick Mask technique to isolate the desired area and fill it with whatever lip color you want. Clean up the edges with the eraser tool. For extra impact and to achieve a deeper color, duplicate the layer.

Your image should now be looking something along the lines of this one below. Fantastic, right?

Step 10. It’s all about the finishing touches. To complete your image all you need to do is flatten the image by selecting Layer>Flatten Image, add a curves layer to sharpen those highlights, midtones and shadows, then spruce the whole thing up with a little dodge and burn.

Use the dodge and burn tool to add depth to your digital make-up. Think about where the light naturally falls and recreate this effect with the dodge and burn tool. Add some shimmer to the lips, bring out the contours of the face, and emphasize the eyes.

There you have it! Digital make-up in ten easy steps. So what are you waiting for…?

Check out the before and after below.

Essential Photo Editing Tools

Essential Post Processing Tools You’ll Need for Every Image

There are just some post processing tools that every photographer, amateur and professional alike, simply can’t live without.

We’ve all heard to famous ‘get it right in camera’ statements being thrown around, and heck we are totally on board with that philosophy, but we are also madly in love with photo editing and all the amazing tools that can be utilized to add that extra special something to our images.

So what essential post processing tools will you need for every image…

Spot Healing Brush Tool

The Healing Brush allows you to instantly fix image imperfections without any long winded processes or fiddling around. Whatever you need to be rid of, be it blemishes, scratches, dusts marks, or any other little intrusions, one click with the Healing Brush tool and you’ll never even know it was there. This nifty little tool samples the surrounding area and blends the imperfections into the rest of the image.


Clone Stamp Tool

The Clone Stamp allows you to duplicate any part of the image. The process involves setting a sampling point using the ‘alt’ key, which is then used as a reference to create a new cloned area. This tool is so versatile and is incredibly useful for all styles of photography. If you’re working on a skin retouch then use the Clone Stamp tool to even out skin tones, remove dark circles under the eyes, and even work on those tough blemishes that the Spot Healing Brush tool can’t conquer. The Clone Stamp tool is also perfect for removing distracting objects in portrait, landscape or journalstic shots that you didn’t quite catch when shooting.

Quick Mask 

When you need to make precise adjustments to your image, and the Magic Wand or Lasso tool just won’t cut it, Quick Mask is the answer. You can easily make adjustments to color, tone and saturation, add effects, or implement filters whilst protecting all other parts of your image from the alterations. It is the essential tool for selective editing.


Dodge and Burn Tools

If you need to bring light or shadows into an otherwise flat images or accentuate your existing tonal range then the dodge and burn tools are the answer. These fantastic tools are awesome for adding drama to your images, especially when it comes to landscape photography. If you use these tools to your advantage you can transform a mundane image into something truly spectacular. Dodge and Burn are also a must in any skin retoucher’s toolkit, as they are paramount to creating flawless looking skin without the need for other destructive editing methods.


Sponge Tool

When you want to selectively liven up the colors in your image the Sponge tool is the way to do it. You can adjust the flow of the Sponge for extra or less pop according to the effect you are trying to achieve. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also use the Sponge tool to desaturate overly in your face color.


Curves Adjustment Layer

Although not found in the tool box section of Photoshop, the Curves option cannot be forgotten about. Giving more freedom than the Levels or Brightness and Contrast adjustments, Curves is sort of like an all in one. You can increase highlights, midtones and shadows, boost contrast, and lighten or darken all with the same tool. Plus if you use a layer mask you can do all these things selectively. What more could you want…?


Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below.



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