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How Aesthetics of a Face Get Transformed with a Portrait Retoucher

Balance and harmony in life are so essential. It also extends to the pictorial communications. Some pictures are truly magical and aesthetically created. It is a result of how the beauty of a face gets transformed with subtle retouching.

In recent years with the emphasis on looks and glamor, cosmetic needs have altered the way everyone wishes to look daily. Obviously, there is a definite nexus of this trend with digital post processing. Retouching can do wonders as to how a person looks in a picture. Thus this change in perspective skewed towards wanting to look gorgeous, has been the result of subtle retouching done with the help of photo processing. From facial expressions to features, from skin tone to complexion, a lot of possibilities emerge due to strokes of the magic pen of a professional portrait retoucher. It is vital to maintain the balance of the picture by enhancing it without losing the genuineness of the original. Only this will make it realistic.

While shooting portraits, some people may apply makeup by themselves and not by professionals. This can have a tacky appearance in a photo.  Hence, make up defects also can be cleared with the help of portrait retoucher. In fact one can airbrush image and change the entire makeup scheme and make it appealing. Slight blemishes, scars, acne, wrinkles can be subdued or obliterated completely as desired. One can accentuate the special features of a person and make it more striking. Further eyebrows, skin around the mouth, jaw lines can be altered, cheeks can be fine tuned by creating high cheekbones and skin can be made bright with a hint of a glow. Of course editors must make the hair, eyes, lips and teeth shiny and gorgeous. Both the profile view and the frontal view can be adjusted to make the features of a person more attractive. This can be done by adjusting the nose, chin and creating a look according to classical proportions. All it takes is like a little bit of nip and tuck under the virtual knife.

Retouching should be subtle. This is the real secret of how aesthetics of a face get transformed with a portrait retoucher. A typical mistake by amateurs or even those who get obsessively lost in the art form is over-editing. As an image retoucher one needs to know when the line has been crossed and be careful about achieving photo-realism. It is not essential to create doll-like expressions that look unreal. But the face can still look attractive with little editing without being too plastic or what is called Barbie like in the industry.

For example while using the dodge and burn tools, one should set it to a low flow rate. This makes the alterations happen gradually than getting ultra-dramatic effects instantly. Even though the final output is in color, one must make most of the corrections in black and white mode. This way the eye will not be distracted while processing all the colors without one’s realization. Most leading professional work in this way. Even changing the backdrop or canvas of a portrait by using clipping path cab makes the picture much more dramatic and make the features stand out. These are some trade secrets that enable a portrait retoucher to tinker, tuck and tone the portraits.  So it is not only royalty and a celebrity that looks smart in portrait pictures but ordinary folks as well…all it takes is a little bit of rendering!

Mask a Photo – With the Right Effect, It is a Value Addition

Images have value in our lives. They are used for professional and personal purposes. Often treating them with various techniques has become necessary to bring a value addition to them. One of the ways used is masking. What effect does it have on a photo?

To understand what effect a mask brings, one must be aware of the palette that is accessible. When the editor is acquainted with what he has in the existing stock he can easily work his way to mask a photo successfully. He can discern what will be required from the menu. If we look at the CS4 program in Photoshop, it has a widespread assortment of list of options for the mask. It has been designed in such a way that it has elements to mask a photo in several ways. Now that this technique has become a part of habitual photo editing practice understanding the key functions and how they can be optimized for best applications is important. What is remarkable about Photoshop is that it has alternatives for both-raster and vector image edits. So an editor need not switch over to another program and waste time. Knowing full well that with some clients’ time is a constraint this element is of value.

When the mask menu is opened, there are alternatives for creating and also refining a mask. A feather touch proves to be a wonderful way to modify the compactness of the image. There is also no need to change the original mask in the final layout. The palette is introduced with two buttons ‘layer mask’ and ‘vector mask’. No problem if it does not exist, it can always be created from scratch. Why is compactness or density required? Simply because it has the ability to shape the strength of the existing mask in photo processing. To know that it has been achieved look for 100% transparency. If the density is 50% the same percentage of transparency is exhibited.

To mask a photo, sometimes, the feather is needed for refining the edges. It offers an overall smooth texture. Earlier the application of Gaussian Blur removed the mask in the original photo. The introduction of the feather in the palette does a better job in retaining the original mask in photo. Often while editing the line of control comes at the edges.   There is a further mask edge palette, which is helpful. If a part of the photo has been extracted, this is a useful way to apply feather to it. To avoid the shabby cut out dilemma, a radius setting is available. The sharpness is considerably reduced making the photo more pleasing. While editing some other elements also need to be taken care of. To mask a photo, the contrast button may be applied. The mask may have certain unwanted pieces that need to be removed. Along with this the ‘expand’ button is also useful.   A burst of color tones may spoil the overall look. So to mask a photo more closely, the contrast and expand adjust the tonal quality.

The entire sequence is topped by a preview mode. This allows the editor to scan if anything else is required to mask a photo from every perspective. It can be done with 5 preview scans and color modes. Check them all to be 100% sure of the work done.