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This is a little too detailed, so this is gonna be long. I'm a n00b, by the way, and not even close to being a professional at this, if you don't like it, don't say anything.



When I photoshop pictures I usually figure out first what I wanna do. First things I do make copies of the picture so if I make a mistake or I don’t like what I did, I have another picture to go back to. Just drag the picture towards the create another layer icon or right click on the layer and choose duplicate.

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My focus on this is the skin and the hair color, that’s the two that I wanted to pop out. Usually I would set the “brightness/contrast” or “curves” first then create copies but this picture is light enough so I don’t need to.

On the copied picture, select “create new fill or adjustment layer” then choose “color balance”

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After that merge the layers, by going to Layers > then Merge Layers. Usually I change the visibility of the original picture so I can always go back or have an image to compare to.

Actually you don’t have to merge often especially you know what you’re doing, but sometimes I do so I don’t have to be confused.

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Then create another copy of the original picture, hide the merged layer and if you must rename it so you won’t be confused.

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Since I already like the color of the hair and I don’t want to change the color of the clothes either, I choose to make a copy and headed on erasing the skin part.

There are couple ways to erase it, using an eraser tool with some feathering on it (I think that’s what it’s called). And the other is using a polygonal lasso tool, set feather to 3-5 px (I don’t know if the size of the picture matters but 3-5px usually works for me). After selecting with the lasso tool, just right click and select cut, then delete/hide the layer that has been cut. After that, merge the two layers again.

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As for the eyes, I use dodge tool and since I can’t see the pupil, I’ll try to draw one out. Just change the size of the brush according to the size of the eyes.

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Make about 3 to 5 passes to achieve this, do the same on the other eyes. If you used 4 passes on the first eye to the same thing on the second, so the light or shade will still be the same/equal.

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If you feel that you need to make the pupil darker you can use a burn tool. Also you can burn parts of the pupil to create some kind of a border.

Then create another layer and on this layer paint over the eyes whichever color you want.

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Set the blending option to either soft light or color, you’ll have to experiment on that since I noticed it’s different for every picture. Also play around the opacity levels.

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Sometimes the eyes would still look dull. Create another layer, then using the brush tool with the same size as the light spot, paint over them. Since this picture already have one, just go over it to make it pop out. If it’s too intense or too white just change the opacity of that layer.

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Then edit some more if you need to.

Another thing I forgot to add, use dogde tool at the white part of the eyes but not too much, just to make the eyes brighter.

For me it’s always important to make layers and copies so if I make a mistake, I can always go back to something and saving your file would help too~! LOL

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Re: great! 

> things i havent tried are creating adjustment layer, using the lasso tool, & dodge tool~
> this just mean i really have to experiment around~ it's like this is another technique i never knew =_+;;
> thanks so much! btw how long again did you have to make this tutorial? i hope i didn't give too much work v-402

not 8 hours!! it took me 8 hours to post it cause it's crazy here at home. stuck at home with day off yet i have to attend to my mom's store. man I thought it would be a relaxing day (even after that heart attack) but dang~ i was wrong =_=

it took me probably 2 hours collectively, i already worked on this so i already know what i was going to say, though i have forgotten to mention some parts
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great! 

things i havent tried are creating adjustment layer, using the lasso tool, & dodge tool~
this just mean i really have to experiment around~ it's like this is another technique i never knew =_+;;
thanks so much! btw how long again did you have to make this tutorial? i hope i didn't give too much work v-402
  • posted by grethel 
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