Thursday, May 28, 2015

CoffeeShop Photoshop/PSE Retouching Tutorial: Remove Color Casts in Hair


We haven't floated away here in Texas yet, but it has been horrible weather.  Surrounding roads are flooded but so far our house is OK; unlike some of my friends.  My parents are trapped in their subdivision and have been for days.   We had severe drought for years so I guess we are playing catch up...  Stay high, dry, and safe everyone!

Today I wanted to show you several ways I would remove color casts from hair using Photoshop or PSE.  I will also show you a quick trip to remove shadow off skin.


I used this beautiful image from Jill Wellington (Facebook, Blog, Free Photoshop Videos) on this tutorial.  You can download the image  here if you want to practice along with my tutorial.  You can also read about the "Vintage Val" photoshoot here.

I love this image. Vintage Val is gorgeous, the background is perfect, the pose is beautiful, the light is stunning....  I can go on and on about this image.

But I did notice that there was a bit of bluish tint in her hair from the hat.


If I zoom in you can see it.  This is no big deal and easy to fix.  There is also a shadowy skin area on her forehead I am going to retouch.


1.  Hue/Saturation Layer:  Sometimes you can remove the color cast with just a simple Hue/Saturation layer.  Add a Hue/Saturation layer and click on the little hand icon (arrow pointing toward it in my screenshot above) and click on the area in her hair with the color cast.

In this case I clicked a few areas on her blue hair and it came up with green and cyan.  I lowered the saturation on both of those settings.  Now the blue/green is reduced in the entire image.  Not so pretty.


I added black to the layer mask and then used a soft white brush in normal mode at 100% and painted over the hair with the bluish color tint.  To see where you are painting, click on the layer mask while holding Shift/Alt-Option (and repeat to remove it).


Unfortunately removing the blue left her with some grayish areas in her hair.  I need to add back in some color.


2.  Add Color:  I made a new layer and grabbed the eyedropper (I) and then clicked on an area where her hair had some pretty color.  Then I grabbed a soft brush and painted over most of her hair.


I need to blend this in, so I put this layer in Soft Light mode, 100%.  This is better, but not perfect.


I copied that layer (Ctrl-J) and put the copy in Color mode, 100%.  Really nice!  It did remove some of her highlights so I could add a layer mask and remove some of this layer, but I am satisfied with this version. Since I added the Color  layer I could probably turn off/throw away the Hue/Saturation layer.


I wanted to add some vibrancy to her beautiful hair, so I added a Vibrance layer on top and brought up the Vibrance and Saturation until I was happy with the hair color.  I then made the layer mask black and used a soft white brush at 100% opacity to paint over her hair.  Pretty!


Then I noticed that her forehead had a shade-spot (is that a word?) where the skin was slightly darker.  Easy fix.

3.  Remove Shade-Spot:  I made a new layer on top and grabbed the eyedropper (I) and clicked on a light area of her skin (the tip of her nose in this case) and then I painted over the shaded skin area circled above with a soft brush.  I keep this layer in normal mode and then reduced the opacity to 51% to blend it in.  Now her face has even light.  You can even paint out under-eye circles using this method.


Now you can see the difference.  It only took a few minutes and I am really happy with the results.


Here are all of the layers labeled so you can see what I did for the final edit.

I hope this little tutorial is helpful!  If there is anything you would like to see here on my blog please leave a comment.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CoffeeShop Photographer 20x16 Storyboard #22!


I have another photographer storyboard for today!  It is 20x16 and can be used for print or on the web.  Check out all of my other photographer storyboards.  If you want to see something specific up here on my blog please leave a comment.

I have a free image-loading action and tutorial posted here.

Download the CoffeeShop Storyboard #22. You can also download it here.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

CoffeeShop "White Chocolate" Photoshop/PSE Action Set!


I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend!  My wonderful niece is in town and we have a week of fun family things planned.  I need my girl-fix. ;-)  But I did take some time this weekend to create a new action set for Photoshop/PSE called "White Chocolate".  This action has three different edits that you can turn on, one colored and two tinted B&Ws.

I used a beautiful image from Jill Wellington (Facebook, Blog, Free Photoshop Videos) on this tutorial "ad".  You can download the image here if you want to practice along with my tutorial.  In the screenshots below I used another gorgeous image from Jill.

CoffeeShop "White Chocolate" Action Tutorial:


Run the action.  A curves adjustment layer will pop up.  This is for the Matte version of the edit and you can adjust the circled point to the curve to taste, or just press OK.


After the action finished there will be no changes to your image.  You simply turn on the version of "White Chocolate" that you love.  There is a colored version and two B&W versions.


This is "White Chocolate, Colored".  It has a highlight rescue layer above it, turn it on and adjust it to taste (in this edit I set it to 48%) to keep highlights/whites from being blown-out.  I love the color of this version.


This is the "White Chocolate" B&W layer.  This is really soft and pretty.


This is the "White Chocolate Matte" layer.  Depending on how you adjusted the Curves layer for the contrast, it could be a subtle or dramatic matte.

I hope you enjoy my newest action!  Please post your edits on my Facebook page, I would love to see them.  I have several new actions coming out in the next week or two. If you want me to write a specific action, please leave a comment.  I love to get new ideas for free stuff on my site!

Download the CoffeeShop "White Chocolate" Photoshop/PSE action set. You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Lightroom Rescue: Saving a Low-Light Snapshot


I hope everyone has fun plans with their friends and family this long weekend!  We are taking a school break for a few weeks and are going to spend time with the family.  It has been a sad couple of weeks and we need a break.

I was going through some of my old photos and I came upon this one of Imp back in 2010.  It was in our old house and the lighting was really bad.  This was before I had my bigger on-camera flash, so I would take photos using the available natural light. Imp is cute but the image is really dark, grainy and red.

I could edit this in Photoshop but it would take several layers and it would be pretty time-consuming. And I am also not terribly impressed with Photoshop's noise reduction options.

Therefore, today I am going to show you how I would fix this in Lightroom.  I use Lightroom for most of my clean, basic edits as it is incredibly fast and easy. This edit took me less than 30 seconds from start to finish.


Here is my starting image.  The cracked tile is authentic and makes me smile so it is staying.  My world is not always pretty.  ;-)


I started the edit with the top panel sliders.

- The image was too dark so I upped the exposure to +1.35.

- I used the eyedropper and clicked on the white of his eye to try to fix the white balance.  It still wasn't great and I had to add a bit more yellow (temp) and a tiny bit of red (tint). I usually play around with the Temp and Tint until the skin looks natural.

-I fine-tuned the exposure by playing with the Highlights, Shadows, Whites, and Blacks until the contrast looked really nice.  Then I upped the Vibrance to add some additional color to his eyes and hair.

After I made these changes I could really see all of the noise in the image due to the low light conditions. Lightroom has an excellent noise reduction panel and this is a simple fix.


I went down to Noise Reduction and moved the Color slider up until the noise didn't have weird colors in it.  Then I moved up the Luminance, Detail, and Contrast until the skin looked pretty and soft yet still retained detail.

I also went back up to the top edit panel and moved the tint down a bit to remove a bit more red.  Now I am finished.  :-)

I could have added a bit of clarity with a brush to make his eyes really pop, but I was too lazy and now I don't want to go back and take more screenshots.  So imagine his piercing eyes staring at you.

This image is not perfect, but it is so much better and will look great in my photo album.  I would prefer to get a perfect image "out-of-camera", but sometimes you have to work with a less than perfect image, and Lightroom always comes to the rescue!

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

CoffeeShop "Degas" Digital Paper Pack!


Today I have a  really pretty "painted" digital paper set called "Degas".  I created these papers from scratch with brushes and a striped pattern and then ran them through the Topaz Impression Photoshop/PSE plug-in with the "degas" filter. This is such a quick and easy way to design custom painted paper with just a click!

I was going to write more today but a giant storm is about to hit so I need to turn off my computer.  I hope everyone is having a great day!!!!

Download the CoffeeShop "Degas" Digital Paper set. You can also download it here.


Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Review of the Pretty Presets "Luminous Collection: Bokeh, Sun Flare and Haze": I LOVE THEM!!!

I love using Lightroom and the only presets I use besides my own are Pretty Presets. Today I wanted to review the new "Luminous Collection: Bokeh, Sun Flare and Haze" for Lightroom 5, 6, and CC.

Note: If you are a Photoshop/PSE user then check out Luxe Photoshop Action's "Sun Flare Light Overlays". They are on special right now.



I was so excited when Laura of Pretty Presets sent me her newest Lightroom preset collection "Luminous"  to review.  I always want to capture beautiful light straight-out-of-camera, but often I am shooting at less than ideal situations and I want to add some beautiful light during the editing process or I have a beautiful image that can really be enhanced with some subtle or dramatic lighting.  I had no idea you could even do this in Lightroom until I started using these presets.

One of the things I love about the " Luminous Collection" is that unlike light overlays in Photoshop or PSE, the presets are completely adjustable (here is a excellent video tutorial showing you how to customize them for your own images).   When I ran them I I usually loved them as-is, but on some images I wanted to remove some of the light effect from parts of the image (like the face) and it was so easy following the steps in that tutorial. 

Another thing I love about this set is many of them can be layered with some presets to create stunning edits.  This video will walk you through layering presets.  I have some sample images toward the bottom of this post. 

For this review I used two beautiful images from Jill Wellington (Vintage Val with Magnolia and Vintage Val with Hat).  You can read all about Jill's "Vintage Val" photoshoot here, it is such a great post!  I ran the presets from the "Luminous Collection" without any adjustments on the images below.


Original


Creamy Sunflare Left


Confetti


Golden Glow


Golden Hour


Luminous


Rose Petals


Sunshine Right 1

Another thing that is remarkable about the "Luminous" collection is that you can layer many of them on top of some presets!  Here is a great video discussing layering presets in Lightroom.  


Original


Bejeweled V1  (from the Fine Arts Film set, not included in "Luminous")


Bejeweled V1 + Creamy Sunflare Right from "Luminous"


So to conclude this review I wanted to let you know that I love the Pretty Presets "Luminous Collection" and personally think it is worth every penny.  In just a few clicks I have gorgeous adjustable light.


Monday, May 18, 2015

CoffeeShop "Buttercream Beauty" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a beautiful new Photoshop/PSE action called "Buttercream Beauty" and I LOVE this action!  It looks amazing on portraits and is completely adjustable.  


I used this beautiful image from Jill Wellington (Facebook, Blog, Free Photoshop Videos) on this tutorial.  You can download the image here and read about this Vintage Val photoshoot here.


Run the action on your image.  In this example I made no changes to any of the layers, but you can adjust the opacities and/or paint on the layer masks.  I have found this action is usually really nice without adjustments.  I love the golden tones and how beautiful it looks on skin.


Mouse over to see the before.

I would love to see your before and after images on my Facebook page!

Download the  CoffeeShop "Buttercream Beauty" Photoshop/PSE action. You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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