The Business of Professional Photo Retouching


The Business of Professional Photo Retouching


Lesson Info

Res-Up Files

So with resing up at the end, we had talked about a client wants this 4OO megabyte file. You have an original that is a 50 megabyte file. You bring it in, you'd never image size that down. Keep it as high as possible there, but that's where you're going to build in that kind of realm and that will turn into 150, 200 megabyte file, perhaps. Then you can do all your time artistry there, saving yourself time on the clock by not having to save extra large files, move extra large files around, package off extra large files. All your important work is done here on a manageable size and you're not giving up anything because you're using the highest resolution possible from the original. However, at the end, that is when you will interpolate the file up to whatever crazy number they need at the end. There is an application that Alien Skin has called Blow UP, and I've used it a couple of times and it's pretty spectacular. This one especially is if you have a teeny, tiny thing. I'll tell you in ...

the story that I did. It was for a documentary and the documentary was on sailboat racing. And they had a unit shot, some guy had a camera out during the sailboat race as things were moving by, and that was a shot and it was awesome. However, it was a little baby shot that had to go up poster size. So you had to make it 800% bigger. That's the job. What are you going to do? So I tried a bunch of different things. There's a couple little things where you image size up 10% at a time and Photoshop can do a better job if you give it little baby bites to chew on and you'll get a better result then just saying ... Yeah, I want to ... 800% ... So he's saying, this is something, we should talk about this for a second. I don't want him to miss it. Okay. That it's a technique some folks us where they res up 10% at a time to get there. You don't want to do that by hand. You want to have an action that will do that or a script that will run it. We haven't done that in a long time but it is a good technique on some stuff. That's one of my actions. That one never went away. Action boy. Click. Click. Click. Click. I'm going to make you a shirt that says, "Action Boy". Sure. Anyway. But I was looking, I was calling up friends. I was like, "Do you guys have any tricks?" And they were like, "Well, if you zoom in closer "in the image size window, apparently that's to help." And I was like, "Okay." And there used to be a couple older tricks and sometimes it works, sometimes it didn't. This Alien Skin Blow Up worked fantastic and what it does, a different interpolation. It did fantastic on all the rigging of the sailboat. So it was ... you had masts and it did a good job on that. Some things it didn't do fantastic on. So the crew members, there were some sweaters, and everything, and I would rather use the regular image size interpolation up, but what it did save me and did a fantastic job was all that rigging, all the strings, all the little flags, all the little teeny bits that would normally just get eight times bigger and blurry, it was able to bring up and keep snug and tight. So the hard part of the job, it did a great job well. And then I just kind of went in and massaged where I wanted the other interpolating up. So I'm going to stop you there because that's a great point, too. So let's reiterate that. So sometimes with your resing up, you're going to use multiple processes and you'll mask it in. And especially that rigging thing because it's that line, any kind of singular little line, have you guys seen that when you res up and you get that jaggy stair stepping thing? And who wants to repaint all that? Nobody. So, yeah, that's ... It came out clean. It was fantastic.

Class Description

Create your own retouching business from the ground up. In this class, one of Hollywood¹s hottest retouchers reveals the secrets to designing your own business. Lisa Carney walks through the steps needed to start and run a smooth business while keeping your clients engaged and happy. Whether you’re looking to work with photographers, agencies or even bill for post production - you’re bound to find valuable insight into the world of photo retouching.

This class covers:

  • Defining the type of retoucher you want to be
  • Solutions for the problems you’ll encounter on shoots and in post production
  • Communication techniques for clients
  • Secrets for setting realistic expectations from markups through revisions
  • Pricing your services and handling billing issues
  • Emergency tips for when jobs go off the rails

Get the inside scoop from a true insider. You’ll finish this class knowing how to construct a profitable photo retouching business model AND develop the tools to sustain it.