Okay, so let's smooth some skin. I'm gonna go back here, and I'm gonna go up to my quick color fix. I'll hit this one a bunch of times as I keep going. Like I said, I do like cool skin. But I don't necessarily like it everywhere. You guys see that difference? Can't tell. Yep, there we go. Okay, so I'm gonna zoom in here real quick. So we want to balance this out a little bit. So the way that I would do that is just a quick hack. I'd grab my curves, and I'd grab it from the middle and pull the midtones up. And maybe. So what we wanna do is we wanna flatten it 'cause I know that I can bring it down, I can bring more shadows in. So to retouch you want... So you see how dark it is? We want as little shadows in there as possible while we're retouching like the cellulite or whatnot. Gonna make this thing smaller. Okay. Not there. And then I'm gonna go in there with my patch tool. And I have it set to destination. So I'm grabbing it where I want and pulling it over the area I wanna cover. And...
then we'll get to skin smoothing.
That actually helps clarify. We had a question in here about taking the patch tool from the area that you do want to one that you don't want versus the other way.
And so is that just a setting preference?
When I first started patching, it was opposite, and I was like, "What's happening?" Yeah, I like to grab from an area that I like, that I want to sample from, and pull it over.
Okay. So I've got my skin clean again. I'm gonna grab my brush, and I'm gonna just... Because we did have her kind of vignetted with the light, I'm not gonna make it as bright as over here. I kinda like how it's going off into more shadow. I just want to bring it up a little bit. Woops. So you can see how that balances out more. And we'll take care of, we'll take care of the shadows in a minute. I wanna show you guys. We'll do another little quick hair pop. So if you wanna bring highlights out in the hair, just real quick, you grab your brightness contrast. And I have actions for this too, but I do wanna, the short little hacks, I wanna show you guys longhand. So it's not all actions. I'm just gonna go over the areas that are highlighted in the hair. So super subtle. I might even go in there, right over my catch light. Just, bam, little bit. All right. Okay. So now let's go ahead and let's smooth some skin. Show you guys are... My favorite is powdery skin. I love that kind of powdery look. It's not a one click action to do all over everything. There are third-party software. I think Portraiture's very nice. I personally like to work inside Photoshop as much as possible. I think it's a more natural look, and it's, obviously saves money to buy one program or I think you could do the subscriptions now too where you pay monthly.
Do you know what the powdery skin action is doing? What is changing in the program?
Yes. The actions, so they can be completely adjustable and customizable. I use smart filters. So if you look over here, you can see the actual filters that are being applied, and then you can go in and fine-tune it yourself for your image, and then you just click here and you can see what blending mode it's on. So this is just really an inverted, the layers got all of these filters applied to it and then it's inverted, and then put into vivid light.
Great, thank you. And by the way, we love that you are reading people's minds out there on the internet.
People were asking about portraiture and whether you do that over working right there in Photoshop. So reading people's mind.
I was just literally just waiting for a chance for you to finish a thought so that I could jump in and ask. So that's a done. Bit of a reminder.
I know that Alien Skin does another one, and they're great. It's just I've figured out how to do it where I'm happy with it within Photoshop. So, I mean, I've got three kids. I'm always looking to save money where I can. Okay. And when you see images online, there's always that web compression. And so sometimes people will be like, they'll get their proofs or whatever, and they get their books, and they're like, "Oh my God, just to see it in print, it's so different." Because when it does go on the web, there is that kind of compression where you do lose detail a little bit. I personally like being able to see the pores in the skin, which I know there's with the whole glamor look, boudoir look, sometimes people like to, they expect or like to take it to a really glamor kind of plasticky look, and I think that's kind of like 1980s. No offense to anybody. (audience laughs) It's just talking about how I do things. So I'm not gonna freak out about freckles on her arms showing or the wrinkles in her knuckles, stuff like that. I don't really feel like those need to be softened. So can you guys see that? Turn it off. Can you see that? Think I'll come up a little closer. And I'll run this action a few times for different parts of the body. 'Cause like I said, it's not a one click thing that goes for everything. But I'll show you how to adjust it to fit your image. Sorry, I've got a little glare on my screen so you know I probably look really Asian right now. (audience laughs) Having a little hard time seeing right there, but there might be a little bleed off there. I can't tell. All right, so let's go to the face where you can tell a little more. So I've already put some skin smoothing on here, but let's go in here, and you really wanna get this stuff out. I'll just do a couple little areas. So you can open up, you double-click your, where the eyeball is. Well, let's do that one. Let's do this one. So can you see how that's changing? If you look here and here. Don't look here. (audience laughs) But you guys can see that right?
So as I go over this way, it gets sharper. And as I go over this way, it gets smoother. So on these little spot areas, I'll make it really smooth and kind of powdery. And again, that same area here. We're looking here. You go that way. So you can go in and find out, really fine-tune for every image where you want, what level you want it. I don't want to take away too much texture, but just for the sake of showing you guys if you wanted to take it a little further you could just run this again and customize it. There we go. Okay. So here I have like a glow if you wanted to put a little bit of glow over the skin, which I don't think we need it here, but let's just put it here. And maybe let's hit it up here like the T-zone here. So the forehead down the middle of the nose. Not on the sides. Just down the center here. Just kinda like above here. Kinda around the apples of the cheeks. And then here under the chin, like on the chin. And then just really quickly there. So the whole thing I'm gonna bring back. Do you want me to zoom in? You can see it, right? Okay. So let's go ahead and address some of the areas. We're gonna go back and deal with some exposure. So I'll show you some quick things you can do. If you go to levels and you go down here, and you go down here, you can bring down your darkness and lightness. And here if I wanna bring it down, I always just use this a little bit. And I'll just kinda hit the areas. And this is where also when I was talking about bringing in contouring for the makeup artist, these are the areas where you can do really quickly some contouring. See that? So it makes a difference. It brings back that shape that the makeup artist created. Okay. So these are some of my favorites for boudoir. I love this give me depth action. It's kind of like a hug, like hugs everything. And remember when I talked about bringing the shadow detail back in here? This just automatically does it. But it still keeps the areas we want light.
So again Rachel, for that one, could you tell us what that action is comprised of in terms of for everybody what's within there?
What's inside of it?
All it is is a gradient layer set to blending mode luminosity.
All right, cool.
And then I like to do this guy. That nice glow that's really popular with boudoir. So you can see here. And if it's sometimes when, especially anytime you ever go onto what you're doing, basically all it is is you're blurring the image and then you're setting it to a soft light or an overlay. And whenever you use overlay, soft light, hard light, any of those blending modes, tends to really pull in your contrast and tends to kind of oversaturate your image. So you can just go here to select the actual image of that layer and then do an adjustment right on that layer, hue saturation, and you can bring the saturation back. So see how we've got all the pink and it's kind of orange? Now if I drag that saturation back it's starting to give it... I mean, obviously, we don't wanna pull all the color out. And within the action, it already desaturates a little bit. But for this particular image, I'm gonna want it to desaturate a little bit more too. And then I'm gonna go back over here to my mask, and I'm just going to tap over all the areas where I wanna keep the detail. Because even though it's on a soft light blending mode, it's still a blur. So it's still gonna blur out. And for some images, you may like the way that looks. You just might wanna keep it that way. But especially for an image where it's like a three-quarter shot or a headshot, you don't wanna obstruct the details with blur like that. And then I'm just gonna define the edges real quick. So you can see, let me go in a little closer. You can see how it kinda grabs here. If you look around the... It's pulling only the darks of the image and it's intensifying them. And then the sharpening that I do, it is, you can look this up yourself online. It is sharpening with channels. So what that does, when you sharpen an image, it sharpens all the pixels in the image. When you sharpen through channels, you're just selecting, the way that I've run my actions is it's just selecting the details. So the darker parts of the image and the lighter parts, which is usually the skin, are gonna stay preserved. See that? So you're really sharpening what you want. You don't have to deal with going back and masking out the skin. In this case, I'm gonna wanna mask out the skin a little bit just over the lips. And I apologize. I'm having a little bit... The glare is a little bit tricky for me. So I've just grabbed my quick color fix. So I'm just spot fixing right now with the quick color fix. And you can see, when you just take those little color adjustments, it almost makes her look slimmer. Do you notice that? Turn it off, and turn it back on. See how here now it's like hugging around her jawline? Just by doing that little spot color fix. See that? So I would be here. I'd be done with this image. Let's just go to the very beginning or do you guys wanna see the steps again? Just the very beginning and the end?
Russ and I were just talking about what an amazing difference from beginning to end. So beautiful, but yet still so real.
And it's the same person.
It's absolutely the same person, just focused better.
Exactly. The adjustments are all very subtle. So as you're going through the steps, it's like it doesn't really seem like you're doing anything. But then you go back to that first step and you're like, "Whoa." And I really, really recommend doing that often because it's really easy to get lost and you're looking at an image, and you think, "Okay, well, this looks okay." Then you take it a little too far and you don't realize you're doing it. So just, it's kind of the same thing as getting away from your computer for a few minutes. Going back to your first state and going, "Whoa, I need to, I'm probably good here." 'Cause there's always something more we can do. That's one of the cool things about Photoshop is there's just so much you can do with it.