Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop August 2019

Practical Photoshop is the world’s premier Photoshop magazine, a monthly guide to the best Photoshop techniques, tips and tricks. Inside each issue you’ll find an array of inspirational tutorials and accompanying video lessons that will help you master Adobe’s collection of industry standard photo-editing software. What’s more, there’s a selection of amazing images from the world’s best Photoshop creatives, free downloadable content, and a beginner’s guide to the basics. If you love photography and you want to learn more about digital imaging, then Practical Photoshop will help you to unleash your creative potential.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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“Welcome to issue 101 of Practical Photoshop! If you enjoy the issue, why not subscribe and get a whole year for just $19.99?” This month we take an in-depth look at retouching, with an emphasis on the tools and techniques that will give you natural-looking results. Elsewhere, we reveal how the Split Toning Panel has more to it than you might think, and explain how to create huge, detail-rich panoramas with ease. james.paterson@futurenet.com www.digitalcameraworld.com WATCH THE VIDEO http://tiny.cc/h9bbjy DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILES To download this issue's files, type the following link into your web browser on your PC or Mac: http://bit.ly/pho_101 FIND US HERE… http://bit.ly/practweet http://bit.ly/pracface Also available on: http://tiny.cc/4dw9ky http://tiny.cc/rew9ky http://tiny.cc/8ew9ky…

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part one raw retouching tricks

1 USE THE PORTRAIT PROFILE Profiles are found in the Basic Panel in both Camera Raw and Lightroom. They offer a range of starting points for your photos, with subtle differences in tones, contrast and detail. If your image is a raw file, you can choose from the excellent Adobe Raw set, which includes the Adobe Portrait profile. This has been designed to improve skin tones and detail, and it generally gives you the best starting point for your portraits. 2 USE TEXTURE FOR QUICK AND EASY SKIN SMOOTHING Recently introduced to Camera Raw and Lightroom and found in the Basic Panel alongside the Clarity slider, the Texture control can enhance detail and textures. But interestingly, it was designed to do the opposite. As such, it can be very effective at smoothing skin.…

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part two frequency separation

WATCH THE VIDEO http://bit.ly/8yehz7o Frequency Separation is, hands down, the best way to smooth skin in Photoshop. It allows us to even out blotchiness, rough patches of skin, dark eye bags or sweaty-looking hot spots without affecting the fine detail and pores in the skin, which means we can enhance a face without getting the blurry, plastic-looking surface that more heavy handed skin smoothing tricks often cause. As the name suggests, this technique lets us separate the image into two versions, based on frequency. A high frequency layer (named ‘Detail’ here) holds all the fine details and textures in the image, like the pores in the skin, the fine lines and the hairs. By contrast, a low frequency layer (named ‘Colour and Tone’ here) contains the colours and tones. By separating them…

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frequency separation: stage 1 how to get set up

01 BLUR THE LAYER Open a portrait and make two duplicates of the layer by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+J twice. Name the top layer ‘Detail’, then click the eye to hide it. Name the layer below ‘Color and Tone’. Go to Filter> Blur > Gaussian Blur. Choose a blur strength that only just blurs the skin texture – here 4.5px works nicely. 02 USE APPLY IMAGE Highlight and reveal the Detail layer, then go to Image > Apply Image. Set Layer: Color and Tone, then for an 8-bit image use Blending: Subtract, Scale 2, Oddset 128. For a 16-bit image use Blending: Add, Scale 2, Offset 0 and check Invert. Click OK to confirm the changes. 03 CHANGE THE BLENDING MODE This will result in a grey version of the image displaying fine details like a sketch…

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frequency separation: stage 2 retouching colour and tone

Now that you’ve separated the image into high and low frequencies, the next stage is to retouch each in turn. Begin by hiding the Detail layer and highlighting the Color and Tone layer. You want to smooth out any rough patches and create gentle transitions between the tones. You can use any tool you like for this: the Clone Tool, healing tools, paint brush, blur filters… Here are three techniques to try. METHOD #1: SURFACE BLUR Highlight the ‘Color and Tone’ layer, then go to Filter > Blur > Surface Blur. Choose a Strength and Threshold combination that smoothes out the transitions between tones and removes any blotchiness over the skin. Strength: 15, Threshold: 13 works for us here. METHOD #2: USE THE CLONE TOOL You can do this after the Surface Blur method,…

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frequency separation: stage 3 fix fine details

Once the colours and tones have been smoothed out, you can move to the Detail layer above. By now the skin tones should look much smoother, but there may still be fine details that stick out – like little blemishes, pimples or messy marks over the skin. To remove these, you need to retouch the Detail layer. Look at the grey image here: this is the Detail layer with all other layers turned off. This gives you an idea of what you’re retouching when you edit this layer alone. You’re only affecting the very fine detail in the image: your edits won’t affect larger areas of tone, bigger spots or blotchy skin. The three tools that prove most useful for retouching the Detail layer are the Spot Healing Brush, the Healing Brush…