In this session, we were experimenting with editing an image on Photoshop. The image we were given was a portrait of a girl. There are many different ways of editing an image on Photoshop. it can done simply (e.g. just turning the image into black and white or putting a filter on it), or it can take a vast amount of time and be quite complicated. The idea for the edit we did today was to turn a simple portrait into something that would be put into a magazine; to do this we got rid her imperfections and made her look more suitable for a magazine/blog. Photoshop or other editing tools are used a lot in the magazine industry, especially in the world of fashion.
First of all, to edit the image below I removed her blemishes, (e.g, her spots and moles) to do this, I used the spot healing tool, which is shown in the image below, to work this tool, you have to go over the blemishes and left click and they will hopefully disappear, it is a very simple tool to use. You can also change the brush size and hardness accordingly to the size and darkness of the blemish.
Next, I used the ‘liquify’ tool, which is found in the filters section on the tool bar as you can see in the image below. With this tool, I edited her right eyebrow so it was more even to the left one. To use this tool you have to change the size of the brush accordingly to what part of her face is being adjusted and simply drag it around with your cursor until the desired part of your image has changed to how you would like. Again, it is also a fairly easy tool to use.
After, I edited her eyes to look more blue, to do this I used the dodge tool, as you can see in the image below. After selecting it in the tool bar, I then had to change the size of the brush to the size of the eyes in the image, and then click on the eye until the colour was to my liking.
Then, I used the ‘hue and saturation’ tool to change the colour of the models lips. To do this you have to use the magnetic lasso tool and select round the lips and then I used the ‘hue and saturation’ tool and experimented with the different colours until I was happy.
To make her skin less shiny, and to even out the tone, I used the ‘clone stamp’ tool. To use this, you have to hold down the alt button and select a small patch of skin that you would like to copy, you then click over the blemishes and they should be covered to one even skin tone. However, this tool can be quite difficult to use as the face can become quite patchy, so you have to experiment with the brush size and to turn the opacity to around 20%. This was probably the most difficult editing experiment I did.
Finally, I changed the levels and curves of my image. The levels corrects the colour balance of the image whilst the curves adjusts the tone of the image.
To add something extra to my image, I then edited a pair of glasses on to the image to make it look like the model is wearing glasses. To do this, I firstly had to select an image from google and open it as a separate image on Photoshop and then , I had to again use the ‘magnetic lasso’ tool to get rid of the background of the image and only the frames of the glasses were remaining. Then I dragged the image of the glasses to the image of the model. Next, the size had to be adjusted to fit the model face; to do this, you have to hold down Ctrl+t and then hold down the shift key so the glasses stay in proportion. To make the glasses look as natural as possible I used the eraser tool to trim the edges and make the glasses look more realistic
These are the before and after images:
Overall, I am very happy with the outcome of my edited photograph, because the blemishes are completely gone and I had to learn a lot of new Photoshop techniques in this lesson to complete it. I picked up the techniques very quickly and applied them very well on to the image. I also added my own technique when I edited the models lips with hue and saturation. If I were to improve my final image I would make sure her forehead is more covered and less shiny to make the images even more flawless. I will definitely experiment with more Photoshop techniques in the future as this was a very enjoyable task.