Please watch another video of retouching a headshot. This lady has uneven lips and a dark forehead. Please follow the same techniques to retouch the rest of the images! Thank you.
By now most of you have probably watched my video on how to retouched senior skin. I wanted to show you with actual images how easy it is to go too far with the retouching. The image that I retouched has a lot of the verticle lines taken off of her face, and most of the other lines lightened, by using the clone stamp, set to lighten at about 30% opacity. The image on the far left, has the retouching that I did to the image, but it also appears that the One Click Color action was also applied to the image. Unfortunately the results were not good. The image is too flat, too light and has too much contrast. If you overdue it, even just a little, you loose all the depth of the image.
I recommend that you take a look at the entire order of images and come up with a strategy to make sure that the entire of collection of images look great, and that they all have similar retouching results. When I, as the photographer, present them to my client, I show them as a printed collection. That means they see 20-25 images printed on the wall next to each other. If the retouching results are not consistent, it will be very obvious. Please take a little more time as you are learning a professional standard of retouching, so that as you get busier and busier, you will continue to maintain consistent results. Add comments below or questions so I can answer the entire group. Thanks and have a great day!
Thanks so much to all of you for participating in the Skype call last week. While I did not understand most of the conversation, I appreciate all of the input and help to make Blue Sky's Retouching and our client experience the best it can possibly be. I know that some of you had to retouch an older adult. I just did a three generation family portrait that included the Grandma. She wanted to make sure she had some beautiful portraits of herself to give to her friends and family. But the question in my mind was, how much should we retouch her? I went ahead and retouched one of the images the way that I think it looks the best. I hope she agrees. Please watch the video and give me your input in the notes section.
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Written by: Kristin Karkoska
Master Photographer, retoucher and business owner providing opportunities to graphic designers and retouching artists.