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Okay, so, I haven't done one of these in a while (so bear with me here for a second) but I really wanted to show you guys a few tricks I've learned whilst experimenting with Adobe Photoshop. Quick disclaimer, I am no Photoshop wizard (just a lowly Photoshop apprentice, in fact), so if this doesn't work out the way you want it to, feel free to ask me questions in the comments section of this post or e-mail me here. Anyway, one of the reasons why I'm sharing all my secrets (just kidding, they're not really secrets) is because one of my lovely instagram followers told me how lucky I was to have a large and well-lit room to take my outfit photos in. First things first, my basement is nice and open only if you happen to un-see or forget about all the clutter, outdated exercise equipment, and toy figurines from the 90s. And the lighting is sufficient at best. So, for all of you who want to trick people into thinking you have a nice and open space dedicated solely to taking well-lit outfit photos, then you happen to be reading the correct photoshop tutorial. All you need is Adobe Photoshop (I use CS6), a camera and tripod (or cameraman) to take your photo, some sort of light (try to pick a spot near a window), and a background of some sort (a white wall works best). Oh, you'll also need to download the free Fixer Collection from The Color Shop (which you should really check out if you're willing to pay for some awesome curves and actions). Here goes!

PS: Here's the original photo in higher res if you're curious to see what I'm working with.
PPS: You'll need to know how to use masks. Check out my previous "lighting" tutorial here to learn more or just google another Photoshop masks tutorial!


 S L I G H T L Y   D A R K E N   T H E   B L A C K   H U E S   
IMAGE  /  ADJUSTMENTS  /  SELECTIVE COLOR  /  BLACKS  /  BLACK: 2~8%


 L I G H T E N   Y O U R   S U R R O U N D I N G S
ACTIONS  /  LIGHTEN AT 50% OPACITY (FROM FIXER COLLECTION)  /  MASK  /  ERASE EVERYTHING EXCEPT YOURSELF


 D A R K E N   B R I G H T   S P O T S   O N   Y O U R   O U T F I T
ACTIONS  /  DARKEN AT 30% OPACITY (FROM FIXER COLLECTION)  /  MASK  /  ERASE EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE AREAS YOU WANT TO DARKEN
NOTE* MY FEET AND SANDALS WERE A LITTLE TOO BRIGHT FOR MY LIKING, SO I DARKENED THEM SLIGHTLY.
 

 B R I G H T E N   D A R K   S P O T S   &   B U R N   D E T A I L S
BRUSH AT LOW HARDNESS (B)  /  SOFT LIGHT AT 10% OPACITY  /  BRUSH FOCAL AREAS SUCH AS FACE
BURN TOOL (O)  /  6% EXPOSURE  /  BURN DETAILS SUCH AS BUCKLES, JEWELRY, SUNGLASSES, EYEBROWS, EYES


 G E T   R I D   O F   A L L   T H E   J U N K
CLONE STAMP TOOL (S)  /  PICK SOURCE POINT CLOSE TO WANT TO CLONE OVERTOP
NOTE* I CLONED OVER TOP THE AIR VENT AND ELECTRICAL PLUG-INS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PHOTO. IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE THE CLONE STAMP TOO, HERE'S A TUTORIAL.
RECTANGULAR MARQUEE TOOL (M)  /  SELECT AREA OF BACKGROUND YOU WANT TO STRETCH  /  FREE TRANSFORM (CONTROL+T OR COMMAND+T)  /  STRETCH BACKGROUND OFF CANVAS
NOTE* YOU MAY NOTICE THAT THE PENCIL AND BAG AT THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY BEFORE PHOTO ARE GONE IN THE AFTER PHOTO. I MERELY STRETCHED THE AREA OF THE BACKGROUND BESIDE ME ON THE RIGHT OF THE PHOTO TO GET RID OF IT. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT STRETCH YOURSELF. YOU CAN ALSO DO THIS IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR PHOTO WIDER BY STRETCHING THE AREAS TO THE SIDE OF YOUR BODY. TRY NOT TO DISTORT THE PHOTO TOO MUCH. (DISTORTION IS EASILY VISIBLE WHEN YOU HAVE PATTERNED BACKGROUNDS)



 F I N A L   T O U C H   U P S
I ALWAYS USE THE "LIGHTEN" ACTION (10% OPACITY) ON MY PHOTOS ONCE I'M DONE WITHOUT ANY MASKS. FOR THIS PHOTO, I ALSO GOT RID OF THE CEILING BY SLIGHTLY STRETCHING THE AREA ABOVE MY HEAD USING THE TECHNIQUE DESCRIBED ABOVE. I ALSO SAMPLED THE COLOR OF THE BRIGHTEST AREA OF THE WALL, SET MY BRUSH TO 60% OPACITY AND COLORED OVER THE STRETCHED OUT AREA TO MASK ANY DISTORTIONS.

14 comments

  1. This is insane. You have changed my life. I will never venture out into the snow AGAIN.

    Thanks doll!

    x

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  2. I've been hoping you'd do more photoshop tutorials. Thanks for your tips!

    http://thedailyprophette.blogspot.com.au/

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  3. nicely done.

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  4. Awesome tutorial! Definitely bookmarking this for future reference!

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  5. Such a great tutorial.. Can't wait to try it out! Thanks!

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  6. Great tutorial indeed! SO kind of you for sharing this to us! <3

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  7. Great tutorial! Can you share where your trousers are from? They are great!

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  8. Thanks for the tutorial I might put it into use. www.youthinkimreckless.blogspot.com

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  9. AMAZING tutorial, thank you so much for sharing! Love the coat!

    www.JenniferNoir.blogspot.co.uk x

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  10. great tutorial! so helpful~ also, I saw pants similar to those and now I want to pick them up haha

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  11. Thanks a lot of for posting this great tutorial.it is so helpful for me.i am also seeking this about one month.
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