Student Gallery for Week 9 - Photo Retouching / Student Choice
Below the submissions, I will give some feedback on some of them.
Justin, you picked a very difficult image to work with. I believe whoever took this photo was actually celebrating the age, wisdom, and the wrinkles. The purpose of retouching would be to soften the age just a little, not to erase it entirely.
Danielle said, "This photo edit didn't quite turn out how I had hoped. I envisioned a very creamy, dream-like quality photo that you often see with newborns. I tried to smooth out the wrinkles in the blanket, but I just kept making a mess of it. If you have any suggestions how to improve the photo they would be greatly appreciated! It's my favorite photo that I took of my daughter, but I think a good edit in Photoshop could make it look even better."
When you think of baby photos, you think soft, gentle, light. Try to avoid harsh shadows, and bring out their soft, cuddly cuteness. Here's how I would do this one...
- Adjust camera raw settings to bring up light and shadows. (click each step below to see a larger detail view)
- Crop in closer
- Use the camera raw tone curve panel to bring up detail in the shadows.
- Use the HSL/Greyscale panel to pull down the saturation of the reds and adjust the other color ranges. (I overdid the reds, though)
- Take the photo into Photoshop, and use the content aware tools to fill in the dark edges. This helps make the eyes the focus now they become the darkest contrast in the image.
Deonna, I suggest bringing up the shadows. Perhaps crop in so eyes line up in the rules of thirds.
Ben, I would try to not cut off any arms or legs if possible. Get rid of the guy under his armpit.
Bethany, your version is beautiful. If I were to suggest any thing, I would rearrange the words so "eyes" is closest to her, directly in line with her eyes, and follow the flow of the face with the text a little more.
Colby, with a little more camera raw work, particularly in the Tone Curve panel, you can bring up the contrast and light in the face even more.
Braxton, there is a powerful adjustment layer called selective color that will let you match the basic colors of your layer with the background layer. In the Image -> Adjustments menu there is also a match color dialog you can use.
Brian, there is a Photoshop filter that does exactly what you were trying to do. It's in the Filter menu, Blur gallery, path blur. I duplicated your car layer and applied the path blur to it. Then I used a mask on the blur layer to bring back in the front of the car.
Shelby, besides the original, there are so many ways you could crop into this photo, and each tells a slightly different story, or gives a different feeling to the image. I would suggest removing that small sun spot on his lip.
Chelsey, there is an FX for a layer that's called Bevel and Emboss - it will give you a more realistic looking pill.