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Add a Little Colour with Photo Retouching

The evolution of photo retouching has given us amazing abilities in altering our pictures. With Photoshop, we can change people’s hair and skin colour and even alter the shape of their features. One novel idea that has become popular is to take old black and white photos and colourise them. While using a professional service can get you the best results, there are several techniques you can use to create the effect you want.

First, you will want to have a photo editing program that allows for layers, masking and manual colour correction. Photoshop is probably the most versatile program for any kind of photo retouching. Next you will want to upload your pictures. The complexity of your picture will influence the difficulty of the colourisation, though the method is relatively unchanged. It is best to start out with a simple picture, like a nature shot without too much detail, to get the steps down properly.

Once you have opened your image in Photoshop, you should begin by clicking “Image” in the navigation bar, choosing “Mode” and then “CMYK Color.” This will convert your image into a model that uses primary ink colours, which will give you more striking results. It stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and key, which is black.

Now it is your job to use your knowledge of detail and a lot of experimentation to find the right colours for your picture. Start by choosing a section. If your picture has the sky in it than that is the best place. Use a clipping path to select this area. Photoshop offers an array of tool to help. If your horizon line is simple and the sky is evenly shaded, the “Quick Selection” tool will do. If you are dealing with a tree line, one of the lasso tools or the pen tool is a better selection.

Once your clipping path is set, you should refine it using the handy “Refine Edge” tool under the “Select” menu. Here you can check “Smart Radius” and dial up your radius to get into every nook and cranny. This is also very handy for dealing with getting in between individual strands of hair if you’re dealing with a human or an animal.

Now go into your layers palette and find the icon for “Adjustment Layer” and click on “Curves.” Since your clipping path is still active, Photoshop will automatically create a layer mask. Now you will see a histogram that shows the distribution of colour. Go through your four colour sets and curve the lines up or down to get the right blend that you want. For sky, you would probably only want to manipulate the cyan and yellow curves.

Now use this technique for every other piece of your picture. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Each layer mask can be returned to and altered as much as is needed without hurting the original picture. After you have completely colourised everything in your picture you would like, experiment with adding further adjustment layers, such as a “Hue/Saturation” layer, atop the rest to boost the tones and make the colours sharper.

Once you are satisfied with the effect you are finished. After practicing this photo retouching effect on a few simple pictures, you will be better prepared to work on more complex portraits.

Getting Inspiration from Your Photo Editing Service

When you start working with a photo editing service, you are bringing a professional set of eyes to your organization. Your editor will improve the look of your photographs to increase the overall presentation of your publication. Over time, you can use their editing suggestions as a way to learn how to take better photographs, cutting down on the time it takes to finish editing your photo set.

Select the Right Photos for Your Design

After a photo shoot, you typically have dozens of images on hand. You can send all of these to a photo editing service, but it is much easier to narrow your selection down to a few that are suitable for your final publication. If you are unsure about what photographs would best suit your page design, you can ask your photo editor for advice. Your editor has a trained eye that allows them to evaluate the composition of a photograph. They can recommend photos from your set that have the highest quality and will blend well as a set on the page.

Your editor may also recommend a specific cropping angle for the photographs in your set. Cropping an image properly can increase the drama or visual interest of a shot. Talk to your editor about the effect you are hoping to create with your photograph and they can provide you with recommendations that will help you get the right look. After your image is cropped, a photo editing service can alter the lighting effects within the image to make the new focal point stand out.

Make Plans for the Future

Companies working with a photo editing service frequently produce similar publications on a regular basis. Your editor can provide you with inspiration for new spreads that can save you time down the line. If you were not satisfied with your shots for your most recent publication, ask your editor about shots you could take next time to make a more effective presentation. Your photo editing service may be familiar with models or agencies that are known for producing high quality work, giving you the opportunity to take your publication to the next level.

A photo editing service will handle thousands of images in a given week. These editors are very familiar with the work others are doing, making them an excellent resource for a publication that wants to stay current and interesting. Ask your editor about the types of photos or editing effects that appear to be trendy in today’s market. You can also learn about subjects, fashion or locations that appear frequently in other photo sets. Use this information to keep the look of your publication current without appearing to have jumped on the bandwagon.

Applying High-End Retouching To Models

You might wonder how you can make someone look great in a photo. The High-end retouching recipe includes the clone tool (for no wrinkles), the liquefy tool, contrast increasing (for a more powerful makeup or hair) and, maybe, a Gaussian blur. It may seem a simple process, but, as Leonardo da Vinci would say, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. In other words: not easy. It is not easy to remain clear and precise while making sure you will not avert from working on a natural and attractive look in your photo. Even if you eliminate flaws and imperfection, fuzzy sections will not just go away that easily. Keep in mind that you have to select at least two textures to avoid this, one texture will only make the person’s skin (from the photo) look too smooth. People will easily see that the picture is not at all natural. To give more light or to darken colors, try to create an editing layer.Any transparent ones will just brighten your colors, but the texture will remain the same. No alteration will happen. If you apply a mask on the section you want to alter, you will gain the necessary effects around that specific area.There are multiple reasons why you should opt to create new layers. For instance, you can add highlights to your image or adjust all the blending you make.

And there is one more tip you should pay attention to when it comes to making your photos look better: mingle with the contrast between the photo elements and the photo itself. You will definitively draw some attention and it will look like an active picture. The contrast can be set manually using the automatic lighting tools, but you will want to create a different layer to prevent an unwanted result. Because this action can ruin the details from your photo.Don’t change something in your work without making sure that you can always come back to a previous action.

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