Commercial Beauty Retouching

Lesson 1/6 - Intro & Raw Conversion


Commercial Beauty Retouching


Lesson Info

Intro & Raw Conversion

Today, we'll talk about commercial beauty, photography, be touching, and I just want o tio save our time and not talk a lot about theory today. Um, but considering that some of you may not have seen what we've already talked about, I just want to recoup just a little bit about what commercial beauty images are and what the difference is between simple, basic, fortunately touching and commercial beauty with such and so we established yesterday that commercial getty images are used to advertise and sell it product or service such a skin care products, cosmetics, beauty supplies here, silent products, perfumes, jewelry and someone and in beauty retouching it's all about creating the perfect face, pristine skin, flawless makeup and usually, if we compare to portrait photography, the personality of the model is secondary, if important at all. And when it comes to retouching with commercial beauty with touching, we tend to remove all distracting, temporary and permanent elements such a skin ...

blemishes, fine lines on flattering shadows, much makeup, moles and scars. Unless we're working with the celebrity in such a cindy crawford, we wouldn't try to remove that famous mall, and we also often have to combine a few parts of the image from different fathers to create one final ideal compensation. And natural and clean colors are often used in skin care makeup advertising the images which means that it is very important for the re touch her to be able to achieve natural and healthy looking skin not only maintained if we already got the source material but also achieve if we have to call correct and get to it at the end and I will I had so much to talk about but now it turns out ninety minutes isn't enough and um I had to throw some things out but I tried tio stick with the most important things at least what I really want to talk about their theoretic but I'll try to spend more time to get to into my ptsd files today and um just to remind you guys there is a page that I set up with a lot of links in videos hooked up to that page if you go to bit ly slash and beat dot ly slash j k for julia guzman copias w for photoshopped week twenty eight fifteen that pate and its case sensitive to if you go there you will find all the links and all the materials that I believe are very important but we don't have the time to talk about them now and I'm going to remind people yes it is case sensitive so they're all capital so make sure that you enter that there yeah thank you and my beauty retouching I usually spend a little bit more time working with developing my role files and I always work with profiles even you know if I get a client just for retouching and if they only have a j back I there's not so much that we can do with jae pak especially its politte or there are many mistakes that I have to correct so roll file is of course our base and if everything is done well if everything was shot well the makeup was done beautifully and there are no mistakes and I made sure that I shot it with no not adding problems teo for my post production then there is not so much time I also have to spend in my roll converter which I use light room I only need tio tweak the exposure a little bit the overall colors if I need tio at all but I always tend to she tried to always shoot so that I don't even have to go there so everything is perfect and I can get that filing to fatah shop and then continue with retouching. But sometimes what happens is especially when you're just starting out with even his shooting if you expose your image so that there are more, there are brighter areas in the darker areas if you tried tio brighton some part of the image you will over expose the other part in because role file gives us so much information if we just take those parts of the image and then combine them in for the shop we can do so much more would just extend the possibilities too their endless and same can happen with the colors sometimes you can just call correct if you're white balance was a little bit off or there are color shifts or anything or even just the makeup was a little bit not the caller that you meant it to be or not the color that your client wanted to be you khun make little tweaks but if you for example, shot and realize that nail polish is completely different or slightly different from the color of the lipstick and they must match then again in raw you can very quickly just get everything and get a few different variations of euro file. Pile them up into your ptsd and start retouching with already all the colors and exposure given to you just the way you mean it it's really fast it it may take me longer to explain and show you how they do it, but in reality you know if everything is photographed perfectly, everything is lead well colors and right you don't even need to know about this but it's never nothing ever goes exactly the way it's planned so it's good to actually have this backup way to do it so then after everything is done, I take a few conversions into photo shop, and then I do my recession, which is the longest part, and I always start with put cleanup, healing and cloning frequency separation. If I need to dodge in burning will be the longest part of my retouching and then local call corrections. It can be the call corrections that were supposed to be done to the image in from the very beginning, but it also can be something that the color ships that might have been caused by dodging burning, and then I take care ofthe I make up leaps and hair and again, I just want tio say it again. I've already said that, but I just want to say it again. This part can be very long gone, but they can be also very, very quick. The better the makeup and hair was done before he captured the image, the quicker this part will be so it really it can be really justus longer hours, so fixing the pop top felt false eyelashes or smushed makeup. Or if the lipstick was to liquid and dark or reach color the model under the lights, her body temperature actually will melt the lipstick a little bit more and it will start leaking into the pores, and then you will see little lines coming out of the so the better if that was not as you were shooting, if you make up are just had a chance to look into the test tether theme image and spotted that that can be fixed. And then the whole bunch of images that issued is already fixed. But if he didn't notice that because you didn't check that or your makeup artist even check that, then you're stuck with a lot of images, that each one of them needs that to be fixed. So one minute that you spend it inspecting the image before you photograph it can actually save you hours afterwards. So it's very, very important. And the more I shoot beauty the the face is so close everything is so important the more I should beauty the more I understand that my team is I their gold, they're just everything they do is saving my time in post production and the results, of course in large better and the last thing that I would do not always, but when I need tio is like a fine. I take care of the shapes at the end I mentioned why I do that the end yesterday. But I also want to say that sometimes when I started researching and they just see something that is obviously needs to be shifted like the shoulder popping up a little bit too far. I can't actually do it in the very beginning. If it's the only thing and I know for sure I'm not going to leave it that way, I can do it in very beginning and then continue with my research is so I can do something with shapes in the beginning, but when it comes to they say the size of the nose or the size of the ear, if something is bothering me and I think I will do something at the end, I will leave it to the very end because dodging burn can help me. Teo reshape some of the features too, so I don't want to jump to liquefy fields her until after I've done everything else. Sometimes you just don't see a problem anymore by the end of the retouching, and then the last thing that I will do is call grading, applying artistic color, sedating accents and that's also because that's such a subjective part of retouching in I finished my image and I usually retouching the late at night, and when I'm done with the image, I will shut it down will turn off my computer, go sleep, wake up. Look at it again and sometimes it's like I was I think and it doesn't even look good so I can easily just go and change the call a grade in just a little bit so with fresh high so I can definitely get what I wanted to be ok so I leave it to the variant or I can send it to the client and the client will not be happy with the final colors so again I can get back and quickly fix it that day and everything else is more or less define you know exactly how to fix the lave stick you know that this must be changed but call grading is very subjective so that's why it's at the end it's also if you do call great in the very beginning some of the blending modes and basic tools might act a little bit differently so you want to see the exact for example over label act more like soft soft light blinding moz so because of those things and I use over late winding what a lot so that's why I called reagan shifted that variant that's just the outline and I usually stick with it but off course it can be different if there is there are some steps that you may not have to do at all and because I used to merge my layers as I was progressing with every part of the image then I forced myself into changing that because I've learned a lot from my professional researcher callings and now I tried to keep it this way my background layer which is the merged role convergence altogether so that's my background layer then on top of that I do on the new layer I pile of my basic tool corrections healing brush going steptoe sometimes frequent separation with the little parts that I need. And then starting from here, everything on top of this will be see through adjustment layers it can be even dodging and burning. It can be called grading call corrections small fixes. Even if I have to paint in eyelashes or eyebrows, it will still be a new layer on which is just a few pixels were added, so everything is see through and I can go into any of them and change their capacity change the blending mode to just everything the shaves also at the end, because I have to stem all layers and then it will be a not a see through at the end of my retouching, right? So that's, why it's sitting at the top and the call grade in this higher above so by by the time that I got to the stamping, I need to make sure that everything else is done there, and if my legal fine wasn't well done in the climb didn't like I can't just remove it and we do it but I already have everything underneath it. If I had my shape is done in the beginning, then I can't just change my shaves everything else was done based on that image. So again, everything can be inter placed and everything can be changed as you progress and sometimes I'm trying to be more and more organized with my layers and I understand that how much it is it is so, so important sometimes I do my dodging and burning I have a few if you round some dodging and burning well sitting in one dodge and burn folder, then I do some call corrections and then I realize that I want to do a little bit more dajun burning, I used to have everything on top, but now I just go back into the dodge and burn folder and add it there, so I only have just a few folders that contained all similar changes inside. It really helps to first of all, speed up your workflow. You know exactly where everything is and you know where to go to change things if you need tio so organizing your layers is super important little part that will just spit up everything and make it easier for you to be oriented in your olympia's defile

Class Description

Beautiful photographs are used to sell hair and skin care products, cosmetics, makeup, jewelry, and so much more. Learn about the concepts and techniques that are used to create polished, ad-ready beauty images in Commercial Beauty Retouching with Julia Kuzmenko McKim.

It requires vision, skill, practice, and patience to create flawless perfection. In Commercial Beauty Retouching, you’ll learn the theory behind the the techniques and get helpful tips that will take your skin and makeup retouching to the next level.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2, Adobe Lightroom 5