Every artist has to practice their art. You have to improve. You have to get better. That's my philosophy anyway. While awaiting some NCAA action, I remembered a photo that I snapped from a networking event for creative called Connect Columbus back in September 2017. To try to win the contest, I shot with my Canon 6D and then connected my iPhone to my camera via built-in wi-fi. So I had to edit the shot on my phone. The shot came out cool for the time, but I wanted to do more with the photo. And I promised the beauty in the photo that I would. I finally got around to it and I am pleased with the edit.
The Work: Here's what I changed...
I looked at this as a chance to practice my retouching in Adobe Photoshop. As you can see in the original photo, there are a lot of shadows and the model's skin is fairly orange. I also cleaned up the hair while still trying to keep it natural looking. If you look at the final image, I created a shadow behind the model just to add some dimension.
As far as the skin and blemishes go, I use a mix of the Clone Stamp tool, the Spot Healing brush, and the Healing Brush. I don't think you have to use all three in concert when editing an image but I do. An example of why: I use Spot Healing to fix noticable pimples and blemishes. The Healing Brush is a tool I use to also "clone" skin or areas that I want to copy. Oddly enough, I use the Clone Stamp tool to smooth skin and other area.
I'll post three images. The first is what came right out of the camera. The second image was what I edited on my iPhone with my finger. The third image is my clean and final retouch.
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