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Jill Welch Photography/Kent and Elaine Engagement/Remove Blemishes and Wrinkles in Photoshop/Columbus GA Photographer/Columbus GA Wedding Photographer

July 11, 2011


Elaine and Kent met online (surprise!) like so many of the engaged and married couples that we have recently photographed.   But unlike the others, they lived a good ways from each other and have been maintaining a long distance relationship until the big day in August.  Kent grew up, and still makes his home, in the small town of Arlington, GA, near Colquit, where there engagement pictures were shot.  A unique and delightful feature of Colquit is a series of colorful murals that adorn the sides of buildings and the meticulously hand painted massive water tower  that looms over the center of town.

Have you ever wondered how photographers and graphic artists manage to beautify a not so perfect complexion in portraits?  Scroll below and read a step by step Photoshop tutorial on how to remove zits and wrinkles (and crumbs), brighten teeth and eyes, and do a general overhaul on an otherwise perfect face.  Make sure you check out previous posts, at left, for more Photoshop tutorials and fabulous tips from the best local vendors on how to plan the perfect wedding.

Please subscribe!  All new subscribers in July are eligible for the grand prize drawing of a giftcard from Starbucks at the end of the month.  And if you’re engaged, don’t overlook the special promotion we’re  running on our basic wedding package.  Select the Promos button, above, for more info.

Check out previous posts on the Hottest Wedding Florals and A Rivermill  WeddingA Callaway Gardens Engagement Session (we shoot at Callaway at no additional charge),  How to Prepare Ahead and Look Your Best in Photos, and  How to Turn a Photo Black and White but Leave some Color in Photoshop.

Next time we’ll hear from Cheryl of Gabrielle’s Formals in Opelika, Alabama.  I’m curious to know if Prince William and Kate’s wedding will have any influence on wedding style and trends this fall and next spring.

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That’s me after the shoot- it’a a good thing I didn’t realize from back there that Elaine had her eyes closed.


How to Turn a “Dog” into a Starlett in Photoshop

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Louise is a beautiful, full-figured gal who needs a little TLC in close-ups.  Note her premature wrinkles, dappled skin tone, and dental issues.  She had a rough night before her session and appeared with red eyes – ah, the life of a jet-setter! Read ahead to see how we’ll fix up Louise in a wink!

Open your image in photoshop and save as a tiff if it is a jpeg (jpegs lose quality every time an edit is made.)  Make an adjustment layer by selecting control>j.

Eyes  and Teeth  Working in the adjustment layer (shown at right in your layers palette), select a soft paintbrush from your tools palette and load it with white paint.  Zoom in close to the eyes.  Adjust the opacity of the brush to about 12% and  paint the whites of each eye being very careful not to over do it.  If you end up with too much white, adjust the opacity of the adjustment layer to soften a bit.  Ditto for the teeth, and be very, very careful to keep the paintbrush within the confines of the inside of the tooth lines.

Use your dodge tool (looks like a black lollipop), at about 12% opacity, to brighten the pupils, and be sure to hit any catch lights in the eyes with this tool.   I sometimes sharpen the eyes with the sharpen tool (underneath the raindrop shaped tool) to add emphasis.  Again, use about 12% opacity for this.  Flatten image when you are satisfied with the results.

Wrinkles  I highly recommend Imogenic Portraiture for this procedure but it is quite pricey.  Make a new adjustment layer (control>j) and select the blur tool (shaped like a raindrop.)  Using about 12% opacity, which is adjusted at the top of your window, gently smooth wrinkles.  Be very careful – wrinkles show character and wisdom and are truly beautiful (at least on other people besides myself.)  Don’t over do this either.  Make sure you stay away from the eyes and lips.  Flatten layer.

Blemishes  Add an adjustment layer and choose the tool that looks like a band aid.  Select the spot healing tool from the drop down menu and use it to zap away blemishes and even crumbs of food and scaley things on the faces of infants. .. yuk.  Make sure the tool is just large enough to cover the blemish – if it’s too large it will make an obvious spot on the face.  Again, adjust the opacity of the layer (in the layers palette) if you over do it.

That’s the secret to my three minute make over that even Mary Kay would approve of.   Any questions, suggestions, or tutorials you’d like to see, drop me a comment!  I like to know someone is listening out there!

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“Til next time,

Jill

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