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Photoshopping myself in real life-Now you? [May. 25th, 2007|11:06 am]
Craig asked me the other day how many photos do I post that don't go through Photoshop. Almost every photo I post has at least some color correction. Most of them have no other modifications. My Mom asked me to teach her how I edit our photos after seeing mine and hers after the same Cancun vacation.

However, if I take real pictures of you and I, here is what I do, and what I suggest you do in real life to walk around like you've been Photoshopped and cause me less work if I took your photo!

1. Crest Whitestrips and don't smoke. Seriously. Yellow teeth look bad in pictures.

2. A little undereye concealer. I know this doesn't apply to boys, but removing undereye circles is the most common service I provide, and by FAR the most common fix I do to photos of myself, in pictures or not. I hate my undereye area due to major pain and sleep depravation. For boys, use some sunscreen and lotion, and I suppose you have to sleep to get rid of those.

3. Have some color contrast. This means you wear blush and lipstick and mascara. Not a truckload like I do. I do what I like, but something, anything at all to define your features.

4. Redness removal. There is no subsitution for healthy skin. If it is messed up (like mine was and unfortunately it sometimes is still non-perfect), don't buy more expensive crap over the counter. Get to a decent dermatologist. I should have done that YEARS before.

5. Hair color. Highlights, shine, seriously, good hair looks awesome in photos.

Now what? What is I wanna take your pitcha. Then photoshop it. :)

So here are the simplest things I do in Photoshop most often.

1. Change the levels to fix serious lighting and shadow problems. Crop out parts I think a person will hate, or take away from the shot.

2. Even out skintone in a believable way when possible (results may vary). I either use transparent overlays or the clone stamp with low opacity for this depending on where. This includes minmizing undereye circles.

3. Whiten teeth. Do not overdo this or it looks crappy.

4. If a woman has no makeup on, I at least sample the darkest shade of her lips and change the color to match that to give her SOME contrast.

5. Clothing stains, rumples, wrinkles and hair peril is easily fixed using a mishmash of tools. I use clone stamp, paintbrushes, and sometimes masking to do this. Usually not copy and paste though.

[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2007-05-25 07:13 pm (UTC)
sleep and plenty of water help skin out a lot.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-05-25 08:13 pm (UTC)

I do the plenty of water,..

the sleep is a bit harder for me due to the pain issues.
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[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2007-05-26 01:00 am (UTC)

Re: I do the plenty of water,..

I am in a similar boat. Not much sleep so a lot more water. Lord do I pee a lot.
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[User Picture]From: rethought
2007-05-25 07:34 pm (UTC)
Ditto to fixing under-eye circles.

Even with makeup on mine seem to stand out in some lights.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-05-25 08:14 pm (UTC)
I've seen some people edit it until you have NO line at all between cheek and eye and just look flat. I generally just try to even it out some and fade them a bit. Yeah, I think it is really normal to have some circles. I did even in my highschool senior pictures.
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