Tutorial: Quick and easy edit for profile pictures.

Or close-ups, or just cause you feel like playing around in Photoshop a bit.

I used to do these kind of pictures a lot back when I started messing around with photography in SL, I did it as my own profile picture, for friends, for some clients..all that.

First off, I’ll post the finished image, then I’ll see if I can go step by step on how I did this.

Here is where my other tutorials comes in first. I have obviously fixed this picture up a lil bit before I started with the effects, in particular the Liquify tool.

Oh, and this will most probably looks best if you like the “darker” look, so you’ll need a picture shot against a black background and preferably darker or black hair..then again, it might look sweet with lighter hair too, I haven’t tried that.

  • First rule of this tutorial, don’t touch that original layer, no editing, no blending mode, no nothing. It is there for a reason. By lowering the opacity of the other layers, it makes them see-through, so basically, we see through those layers down to the original. The second rule is, there is no second rule, just have fun with it.
  • Duplicate your original image twice.
  • Create a new layer on top of all of your layers, and set the blending mode to Soft Light.
  • Grab a soft, large-ish brush and with a white colour, paint over all of your hair to make it brighter, then go ahead and hide this layer for now.
  • Go back down to your second layer, activate it, then go to Image – Adjustments – Desaturate. Now lower the opacity of this layer to about 50%
  • Now, go to the third layer, activate this, then go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. The amount of blur you will need depends on the size of your image. I used a pretty big image, so about 3 was good for me, you just want to soften up the image a bit, make it a bit blurry. Then set the blending mode to Soft Light and lower the opacity a bit..this again will depend on you, how dark you would like it to be.
  • Back up to that top layer we hid before, activate this and the hair will show up bright and nice. Too bright even, so go ahead and lower the opacity til you get something to your liking.
  • Now to make the eyes show up more again, cause this picture is all about the eyes. Go down to the blurred layer, create a layer mask and make sure that it is selected. Then grab your brush, and paint over your eyes with a black colour, then do the same thing again with the black and white layer.
  • This step is optional, and only if you want the eyes to “pop” even more. Go back up to that top layer where we painted white over the hair, grab your brush again, make sure the colour is set to white and paint over the eyes. (Even more optional, create another layer, set to Soft Light and paint over with a colour of your choice, this can give some really sweet effects to your eyes).
  • aaaand done. Crop, save, play around even more with the opacity layers..hell, even go ahead and try what your image looks like with that black and white layer looks like with other blending modes..it’s all up to you now. Playing around is how you learn.

There we go. Quick and easy as I said it would be. These techniques can be useful on other images as well so keep them in mind if you are just starting out with editing.

I hope you enjoyed and maybe even learnt something <3 and do let me know if I made something unclear, or if you have an idea for something else I could do. My fingers are itching for more Photoshop after this long blogging-hiatus.

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Tutorial – The finishing touches

Sorry to have kept you all waiting for this long, it’s been a busy few weeks for me..but the last part of this series of tutorials is finally finished.

In this video I’ll be going through the last touches I do on some of my pictures. Adding a bit more colour and highlights to the picture, getting rid of hair poking through the shoulder, cropping the image down, and so on.

Here is the original image I started with next to the finished one. As you can see, small changes as the ones I did, really can make the image look a lot better..and really, these edits are quick and simple once you get the hang of them.

Click for full-size image

 

I may have made some minor mistakes in these videos, but it’s not as if I am telling you to “Do this, this and this and your pictures will be awesome”. I do however hope they will be useful to some, and that you’ve learned something, or picked up a new trick here and there. 

I hope you enjoyed watching <3 and I will be doing more videos in the future, now that I am getting the hang of this.

 

As for what I am wearing in these videos, Im just going by memory now;

Skin: Glam Affair
Eyes: Dead Apples:
Hair: Truth
Eyeliner: Pin Me down

Tutorial – Highlights and shadows

I’m back with one more tutorial today.

This time I’m going over how I highlight and shadow my pictures for blogging. The first part is a lot thanks to Berrys tutorial here. I didn’t use adjustment layers for shadowing/highlights that much before, but after looking at her video, I saw how simple that was, so do check it out.

I’m also going over a few other tricks I picked up over time. Enjoy, and remember, these things can be used for other things as well, like that Soft Light trick I do with the eyes, also works for brightening up hair and darker clothes and so on.

Tutorials – Lets get started

So, something a bit different today. I’ve been meaning to do tutorials for a while, and I have had people bug me to do it for some time.

I finally had a bit of time over this weekend and whipped up a few, so here we go.

First of all, you may need to at least have a basic understanding of Photoshop, since that’s what I am working with. If you are unsure, just go ahead and check out Youtube or whatnot to get help with the basics.

I will be editing this photo as if I would blog it. Im not going to alter anything too much, just cleaning the picture up, making it all nice and purdy without changing the look of the items worn.

So, lets get started..and pardon the English pronunciation >.>

The first video features the Liquify tool, and how I go about smoothing out any harsh edges.

In the second video, I’ll go through how I get rid of some of the darker shading you saw around the nose area, as well as how to use a Layer Mask to hide/reveal things on a new layer.

I hope those are a little bit useful, so..enjoy <3  and do let me know if there is something else you’d like to see/know. I am working on more videos, and will post those soon.