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How do I remove lint from clothes in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Don’t let something as little as lint come between you and your perfect photo. Removing all the lint one by one isn’t impossible but it sure is a big NO for most of us. (A HECK NO for me) The other day when I was retouching clients I found a super easy way to remove lint in seconds. Literal seconds. Keep reading if you want to know how!

Question: How do I remove lint from clothes in Photoshop?

Answer: Apply to the Dust & Scratches Filter to remove the lint.


Alternative: You could apply the Dust&Scratches filter to the entire photo, add a layer mask and invert it then use WHITE on your brush to paint over the lint areas.

 Check out my other blog posts on SymoneSeven.com ,the  Symone Seven Youtube Channel or my instagram @symoneseven for my latest tutorials. 



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How do I watermark my photos in photoshop?
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By SYMONE SEVEN

   In this double-tap time we live in, your photo can be broadcasted to the world with a touch of a button; Whether it’s the fire photo you can’t wait to share or your followers playing hot potato passing it among. Oftentimes when it’s shared, the photographer’s name is no where to be found in the tags or the caption. I personally have beeen scrolling and surprised to see my photos on a feature pages, personal profiles, even a song single cover! Right then and there, I’ve lost the exposure to a new audience of potential clients/consumers, proper respect to my name, and brand recognition. If only it was atleast watermarked! If you don’t want that to be in those shoes and protect our work with watermarks, keep reading.

Question: How do I watermark my photos in photoshop?

Answer: Create your own photoshop brush preset of your logo and stamp it on everything you shoot! 

Want more tips on editing like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.

GEAR

Sony a7 camera
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens
Neewer RT-16 triggers


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand
46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her
White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo/model/retouch:@symoneseven

How do I remove stretch marks in Photoshop?


By SYMONE SEVEN

Repeat after me: 

Stretch marks are natural.
Stretch marks are natural.
Stretch marks are natural.

We are human, we grow, and we have something to show for it. Everyone who grows has them, even I am a proud owner of a few. You cannot be skinny enough, or beautiful enough to be exempt from them. Stretch marks are not ugly, or gross or any other label we attach to them. It just is what it is.  Just like we use concealer to cover our acne, we can use photoshop to cover our blemishes. It doesn’t make us ashamed of who we are, but I don’t show everyone everything about me. We choose what we want to share, and sometimes we just want the focus to be on what we want so we remove distractions like blemishes.Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk. 

If I’m reading your mind right now and you want to know how to do this yourself, just keep on reading.

HOW TO REMOVE STRETCH MARKS IN PHOTOSHOP

To take it a step further, after this I went back and added Digital Skin Texture over top of the area from the Retouching Academy’s Beauty Retouch Panel.

Want more Photoshop advice like this? Check out my other posts. , my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.

CREDITS

Photo by: Sam ( @whoshotchaphotography )

Retoucher: Symone Seven (@symoneseven )

Model: Acacia McBride ( @theacaciamcbride) 

Photo Collaboration with Jeffery (@jefferyk_)


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How do I fix a backdrop in photoshop? (3 Fixes Inside!)

By SYMONE SEVEN


      Seamless backdrops can be a photographer’s best friend or greatest enemy. We must know how to work with them to coexist with them in peace. In this blog post, I’m addressing the biggest problems I run into when shooting on seamless. Read below to find out how to fix your backdrops in post!

Problem #1: How do I fix a backdrop that’s too short?

Solution: Use the Mixer brush to extend the color? 

Problem #2: How do I remove unwanted shadows from the backdrop?

Solution: Add a fill layer to the background to cover the shadows

Problem #3: How do I clean a dirty backdrop?
Solution: Add a noise layer to remove the dirt

Watch this one minute tutorial to find out how to clean a background quickly

Want more tips on editing like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.

CREDITS

Edit: @symoneseven 

Photo: @tsphotodesigns 

Models: @wondrea @alexusrackley @nedrraphillips

Special thank you to @nedraphillips for this photo. Go support her! 


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How do I remove shadows in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

     Sometimes clouds on a sunny day isn’t so bad! Especially when you have harsh midday shadows all over your subject during a photo session. Instead of trashing an otherwise good shot, here’s my way of making it picture perfect using frequency separation.


HOW TO REMOVE SHADOWS WITH FREQUENCY SEPARATION

  1. Identify the issue to pinpoint where to start and stop editing. (Tip: Decide ahead of time what needs editing to avoid going overboard.) 

  2. Remove all big blemishes before setting up Frequency Separation with the healing brush tool

  3. Set up Frequency Separation (I have many a few videos and posts on how to do it and even record a Photoshop action for it. Check those resources out on symoneseven.com or my self entitled YouTube Channel)

  4. Turn off the TEXTURE LAYER visibility (click the eye icon next to the layer’s label)

  5. Create a blank layer below the TEXTURE LAYER (keyboard shortcut COMMAND/CONTROL J) to begin painting over the shadow to remove it.

  6. Using the MIXER BRUSH TOOL with all settings on 26% paint over the shadow by sampling a clean area and going over the shadow. (Tip: Work your way from the edges to the center of the shadow and sample often)

  7. Once you’re about done, turn on the TEXTURE LAYER to check how it looks as a whole picture and go back and refine if necessary. 

  8. Once you’re satisfied with the shadow removal, go in and finish editing the texture that’s left over. (Tip: Typically shadows leave a hard edge embedded in the texture layer so be on the watch out for that. )

  9. In this video, I’m erasing the texture with the ERASER TOOL and then painting it back on with the BRUSH TOOL on a DIGITAL SKIN TEXTURE layer mask adjustment from the Retouch Academy Beauty Panel.

  10. An alternative to this method would be clone stamp tool, healing brush or dodge and burn to remove unwanted texture from the photo. 

Want more tips on editing like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


CREDITS

Photographer: @followrwjr

Retoucher: @symoneseven

Client: @ms_nique_80 & the queens

Designer: @nedraphillips


How do I get flawless skin texture using frequency separation?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Fake it until you make it, that’s the way of Photoshop. Watch this photoshop tutorial on my secret to flawless skin texture using frequency separation . This technique comes in handy for situations when you may not have the time to retouch in detail or if the texture is just too difficult to handle. 

THE SECRET TO PERFECT SKIN TEXTURE 

  1. Set up Frequency Separation in Adobe Photoshop. See my previous posts on how to do so. 

  2. Turn off the TEXTURE LAYER Visibility (the eye icon next to the layer’s name)

  3. Select the MIXER BRUSH TOOL and adjust all settings to 26%. Use the brush to paint over the uneven skin tone areas using the OPTION button to select a sample to cover it. Paint on a new blank layer only that’s placed beneath the TEXTURE LAYER. 

  4. Then turn on the TEXTURE LAYER Visibility by clicking in the place of where the eye icon was.

  5. With the TEXTURE LAYER selected, take the ERASER TOOL on a low opacity/flow and lightly erase the existing skin texture.

  6. Once you’re done, select the the DIGITAL SKIN TEXTURE adjustment that’s located under the Frequency Separation tab in the RETOUCH ACADEMY BEAUTY PANEL.

  7. Paint over the entire exposed skin areas with the BRUSH TOOL on a medium low opacity/fill on the layer’s mask. Build up the effect by painting with WHITE and erase by painting with BLACK.

This trick can be used for specialized areas or large areas like I demonstrated. You can also the Digital Skin Texture adjustment to brush on texture to areas that lacked skin texture in the first place due to shooting soft or a slight missed focus.

Want more retouching advice like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel. Check below to find the link of the long form video I have on this subject.

Link to the Retouching Academy’s Beauty Panel (v.2):

https://retouchingacademy.com/product/beauty-retouch-panel/

CREDITS

#Traptorial originator: @wvrthy 

Song: Hot Girl Summer by @megantheestaalion @nickiminaj @tydollasign 

Beauty panel: @retouchingacademy 

Edit: @symoneseven 

Photo: @tsphotodesigns 

Models: @wondrea @alexusrackley 

Special thank you to @nedraphillips for this photo. Go support her! 



How do I use frequency separation the easy way in photoshop?


By SYMONE SEVEN


Frequency separation is a retouching technique that allows the user to pinpoint issues with skin tone and skin texture separately. Skin tone issues like hyperpigmentation have little to do with texture and with FS it allows you to correct that problem without disturbing the skin texture. This method is centered around precision so it’s best for spot treating than all over retouching. Keep reading to learn one way of how I use Frequency Separation.



HOW TO SET UP FREQUENCY SEPARATION TO RETOUCH


  1. Create two background layers by hitting the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J twice

  2. Label your layers by double clicking them. Label the bottom one “TONE” and the top layer “TEXTURE” 

  3. Turn off the top “TEXTURE” visibility by clicking the EYE ICON next to the layer name

  4. Select the TONE layer then go to FILTER tab and select BLUR, and then click GUSSIAN BLUR from the drop down menu

  5. Set your radius between 5-9.0 and hit OK

  6. Turn back on the TEXTURE layer visibility by hitting the space where the EYE ICON was

  7. Select that layer then go to IMAGE TAB and click APPLY IMAGE

  8. Fill this information into the respected slots in the dialogue box- Layer: tone , Blending: Subtract , Scale: 2 , Offset: 128

  9. Then hit ok to accept these changes. Your layer should turn gray but you should still see a faint outline of your photo.

  10. Change the blend mode of the TEXTURE LAYER to LINEAR LIGHT



HOW TO CORRECT SKIN TONE WITH DODGE AND BURN


  1. Create two curves adjustment layers

  2. Label them separately, DODGE and the other BURN

  3. Dodge is the layer of the highlights we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to SCREEN then invert the layer mask with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I.

  4. Burn is the layer of the shadows  we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to MULTIPLY then invert it with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I 

  5. Paint with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER on the areas of the face that are too light to darken them

  6. Paint with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER on the dark marks to lighten them

  7. Paint with black on the layer masks to take away the effect if you go too far


My tips are to create your own photoshop action by recording when you set up FS so you don’t have to go through those steps every time you edit. For dodging and burning, I sugguest using the BRUSH TOOL on 22% fill and 3% flow. I also suggest using the MIXER BRUSH to paint over areas that are difficult to dodge/burn. 




Want more retouching advice like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel. Check below to find the link of the long form video I have on this subject. 



GEAR

Sony a7 camera with Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @gottaluvlorrie


How do I replace a background in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Learn how to replace any boring studio backdrop with the image of your choice. It’s a quick process that reads longer than it’ll actually take you to do it. Stay tuned to find out how !


HOW TO REPLACE A BACKGROUND


  1. Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the background by clicking and dragging

  2. Press Q to refine your selection. The areas that aren’t in the selection will turn red (your subject)

  3. Paint with white to include to left out areas that you wish to be in your selection

  4. Invert the selection once you’re finished by going to the SELECT TAB at the top and clicking the INVERT option

  5. Hit the LAYER MASK BUTTON (next to the CREATE A NEW LAYER BUTTON) to delete the background

  6. Drag the image in of the background you wish to replace

  7. Done :)


My advice is to take your time when refining your selection. Use 100% opacity on the brush to get faster results when refining. But please, be mindful that this is the most important part that can make or break the image. 


Want more tips on editing like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above me

White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo/retouch/model: @symoneseven


How do I use dodge and burn in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Here is a quick fix to adding contrast to your subject using dodge and burn. I especially love dodging and burning clothes when editing to emphasize the shapes the fabric makes such as ruffles. Watch the clip and read below to find out how you can do the same.


HOW TO USE DODGE AND BURN


  1. Create two curves adjustment layers

  2. Label them separately, DODGE and the other BURN

  3. Dodge is the layer of the highlights we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to SCREEN then invert the layer mask with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I.

  4. Burn is the layer of the shadows  we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to MULTIPLY then invert it with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I 

  5. Paint on the highest points of the face/areas you want to pop out with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER. 

  6. Paint on the highest points of the face/areas you want to pop out with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER. 

  7. Paint with black on the layer masks to take away the effect if you go too far

My tip is to be mindful of your shadows when dodging and burning. The best advice I’ve ever received when it came to retouching is that shadows/light controls the shape of someone’s face, if you alter that you’re changing the way they look. Since hearing that, I’m always respectful of a person’s natural shadows so at the end of the retouch, they still look like themselves. 



Want more tutorials like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Nikon D750 camera

Pocket Wizard

LIGHT

Two alien bee B800 strobe lights on c stands

One 46” octabox slightly above her head at 7 o clock

One on the opposite side in front of her with a 36” softbox


CREDITS

Photo retouch/director:@symoneseven
Model: @alexusrackley

Shooter: @2worldsmg


How do I retouch makeup in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


After watching this video, go ahead and put Makeup Artist in your Instagram Bio. I promise you’ll feel like an artist on another level once you learn how to fix any makeup mishap. Tune in to find out how I fix makeup in photoshop.


HOW TO EDIT MAKEUP


  1. Create a layer copy with the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J 

  2. Press COMMAND + to zoom in on the photo (COMMAND - to zoom out)

  3. Lash Gap Fix:  Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the whole eye, copy and paste it (COMMAND C followed  by COMMAND V), click on it to activate the MOVE TOOL and drag the border down to cover the gap, erase the excess eye with the ERASE TOOL, and then use the BURN TOOL with 10% on the SHADOWS settings on the lash line to darken it.

  4. Patchy Brow Fix: Use the BRUSH TOOL on a semi-hardness and 15% opacity and tiny size, sample the brow hairs color with OPTION and paint in the eyebrow hairs that are missing

  5. Under Eye fix: Select the under eye area, copy and paste it (COMMAND C and COMMAND V), click and drag it into place to cover the creases, click the LAYER MASK BUTTON to create a layer mask, invert the mask with COMMAND I shortcut, and use BRUSH TOOL to paint with WHITE to cover the crease.

  6. Dodge and burn the eyeshadow to intense the look (tutorial linked below)


My advice to retouching makeup is to pay attention to detail. It’s better to make many ittle tweaks that add up to make a difference, than to make huge changes that look unnatural. 



Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

 Nikon d7200 with kit lens of 18-55mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 

LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: @krissy2prissy


How to change the color of anything in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Sometimes we want to change or color match things in Photoshop but don’t know how? That ends right here and now with this quick fix tutorial. Watch me change colors in my photo with a click of a button.


HOW TO CHANGE THE  COLOR ANYTHING


  1. Select HUE/SATURATION from the ADJUSTMENTS window tab

  2. Click on the COLOR PICKER icon (looks like a pointing finger) to select the color you wish to change

  3. When you select the color, your color dropbox with automatically change to the color category that shade falls under

  4. Move the HUE slider to the color you want. Use the lightness/saturation to adjust the shade of the color

  5. To just alter one selected element, use your QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select it

  6. Repeat steps #1-4 to change the color


My advice here is that if your item you want to change is the same color as other objects in the photo, you can erase the effect from them by painting with BLACK on the layer mask. I also recommend painting on your layer mask with WHITE to clean up the selection from the QUICK SELECTION TOOL. You can also use the SELECTIVE COLOR ADJUSTMENT to change the color instead of HUE/SATURATION.


Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Cameras & Light

Natural light with no modifiers


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @nappybuthappy

Makeup: Petina Dennis


How do I use Frequency Separation as a beginner?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Want to use frequency separation to retouch but too intimidated to try it? This post is for you! Frequency Separation is just a tool that retouchers use to target skin tone and skin texture layers separately. In this post I will break down how to set up frequency separation and the easiest way to use it to retouch!


HOW TO SET UP FREQUENCY SEPARATION TO RETOUCH


  1. Create two background layers by hitting the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J twice

  2. Label your layers by double clicking them. Label the bottom one “TONE” and the top layer “TEXTURE” 

  3. Turn off the top “TEXTURE” visibility by clicking the EYE ICON next to the layer name

  4. Select the TONE layer then go to FILTER tab and select BLUR, and then click GUSSIAN BLUR from the drop down menu

  5. Set your radius between 5-9.0 and hit OK

  6. Turn back on the TEXTURE layer visibility by hitting the space where the EYE ICON was

  7. Select that layer then go to IMAGE TAB and click APPLY IMAGE

  8. Fill this information into the respected slots in the dialogue box- Layer: tone , Blending: Subtract , Scale: 2 , Offset: 128 

  9. Then hit ok to accept these changes. Your layer should turn gray but you should still see a faint outline of your photo. 

  10. Change the blend mode of the TEXTURE LAYER to LINEAR LIGHT


 I also have tutorial on how to record an action for frequency separation so you don’t have to repeat this long process every single time you edit photos. Link: 


HOW TO SMOOTH SKIN WITH FREQUENCY SEPARATION

  1. For skin smoothing: circle an uneven skin area with the LASSO TOOL with the TONE layer selected

  2. Go to the FILTER TAB then select BLUR and click on GUSSIAN BLUR

  3. Use the same radius you used to set up FS and hit ok

  4. Repeat steps 1-3 on various problem areas until it’s even. You can repeatedly go over the same areas


My advice is to clean your photo of texture blemishes before doing frequency separation such as using the HEALING BRUSH TOOL on pimples. To make this skin smoothing effect natural, I sugguest making a copy of the TONE LAYER to do the blurring and then turn down the layer FILL to blend it with the original.


Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel. 


GEAR

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @empressfusion_


How can I make hair longer in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


A part of photo magic is creating the fantasy. We can do anything we imagine in the world of Photoshop. Sometimes I like to add extra glamour to my beauty shots by making the hair bigger and longer. Keep reading to find out how!


HOW TO LENGTHEN HAIR IN PHOTOSHOP


  1. Create a new background layer copy with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Clean up the flyaways with the CLONE STAMP TOOL on DARK blend mode. Paint over them on 80% opacity  and a soft brush setting

  3. Use the SPOT HEALING TOOL to remove the out of place hairs on the curls by clicking over the stray hairs

  4. Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the area of your choice to replicate

  5. Copy and the paste the selection with keyboard shortcuts COMMAND C then COMMAND V

  6. Click and drag the selection into place and with the ERASE tool remove the excess to blend into the existing hair

  7. Dodge and burn the hair to add dimension (link below on how I use dodge and burn)


My advice is to use your eraser wisely to blend the extension with the existing hair. You can make a layer mask (the button is next to the new layer button) and use your brush tool to erase and replace the hair. If you just want to give the hair more volume, you can do so with the LIQUIFY filter (Filter tab > Liquify)  and HAND TOOL. 


Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @emilylareina


How do I create a Photoshop Action for Frequency Separation?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Improve your workflow by using photoshop actions to glide through your editing process. A Photoshop action is essentially Photoshop recording the commands you give it and replaying them on command. Automating actions come in handy when you want to reduce the reptition of go-to techniques you reach for often. Keep reading to find out how to make editing easier. 



HOW TO CREATE A PHOTOSHOP ACTION 


  1. Go to the WINDOW TAB at the top of the screen on Photoshop’s menu panel

  2.  Select ACTIONS from the drop box menu

  3. In the dialogue box that opened, press the CREATE A NEW ACTION button (looks like a page)

  4. Name the action, and organize it as you wish with a category or shortcut key

  5. Press the RECORD buttom (look like a red circle) to begin recording

  6. Set up Frequency Separation (I’ll link the separate post on this topic below)

  7. Then press the STOP button, (the square next to the RECORD button)

  8. Delete the layers then in the ACTIONS window list, click on the action you’ve just created and press play to check if it’s recored properly

  9. Done :) Use this technique for any methods you find yourself using often to speed up workflow 


My advice for this is to record actions of your common techniques so you don’t have to repeat yourself. Want more quick and easy content like this? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


GEAR

Sony a7 camera with Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @empressfusion_


How do I highlight and contour in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Ever want to add an extra dimension and depth to your subject without affecting the background? Highlighting and contouring with dodge and burn technique is the perfect way to do this! It’s a game changer many retouchers use to make your subject pop. Take the principles of this age old drag makeup technique to slay your glamour shots. Keep reading to find out how: 



HOW TO HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR USING DODGE AND BURN


  1. Create two curves adjustment layers

  2. Label them separately, DODGE and the other BURN

  3. Dodge is the layer of the highlights we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to SCREEN then invert the layer mask with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I.

  4. Burn nis the layer of the shadows  we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to MULTIPLY then invert it with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I 

  5. Paint on the highest points of the face/areas you want to pop out with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER. 

  6. Paint on the highest points of the face/areas you want to pop out with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER. 

  7. Paint with black on the layer masks to take away the effect if you go too far


My tip is to take your time and build up the effect. My favorite brush tool settings is 0% hardness, 22% opacity and 3% flow. It’s just enough to see what you’re doing but low enough to control the effect with precision.  


Want more? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


GEAR

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 



CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @imnotmodelmia


How do I remove people and distractions from the background in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


So there I was on the beach, I made it just in time to catch the morning sun rise up from the crystal blue waves. I positioned myself among the palm trees into the perfect instagram pose. My mom snaps the photo and it’s beautiful straight out of the camera. I rush home to upload it into photoshop to post on my feed, and what’s standing in my way from this perfect moment? A shirtless grandpa showering behind me! I had no idea! Keep reading to find how to delete any distractions from your photos fast!



HOW TO REMOVE DISTRACTIONS IN THE BACKGROUND IN PHOTOSHOP


  1. Create a background layer copy with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Zoom in on the distraction with keyboard shortcut COMMAND +

  3. Use the SPOT HEALING TOOL to paint over the distraction. Make sure the CONTENT AWARE setting is pressed/on in the tool’s menu

  4. Use the CLONE STAMP tool to sample with OPTION and paint over any malfunctions the SPOT HEALING TOOL may have left behind.


My advice to you is to keep an eye on your surroundings. Sometimes it’s better to wait for the perfect moment than to rush it and have to fake it. 


Want more content like this? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


GEAR

Sony a7 camera

MC-11 sigma adaptor

Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8 L lens


LIGHT

Natural light with no modifiers


CREDITS

Photo/model/edit: @symoneseven


Photoshop Vs World’s Worst Brows

By SYMONE SEVEN

Watch me go head to head wih the “World’s Worst Eyebrows.” Just for fun let’s see if I can take this brow from a hell no to a yessss! Stick around to also pick up a trick or two like how to reshape eyebrows.

HOW TO RESHAPE BROWS IN PHOTOSHOP

  1. Create a layer copy with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Go to the FILTER TAB at the top of the screen on Photoshop’s menu panel

  3. Use the HAND TOOL to push and pull the eyebrows into place


My tip is to erase the areas that may have warped due to the hand tool on the background layer copy. 


Want more? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


CREDITS

Retouch by @symoneseven


How can I edit makeup in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


This is an all inclusive guide to fixing some of the most common issues I run across when retouching makeup. In this overview, get a glimpse of how I fix the most complicated problems simply and efficiently. 


HOW TO EDIT MAKEUP IN PHOTOSHOP?


  1. Create a layer copy with the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J 

  2. Press COMMAND + to zoom in on the photo (COMMAND - to zoom out)

  3. Lash Gap Fix:  Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the whole eye, copy and paste it (COMMAND C followed  by COMMAND V), click on it to activate the MOVE TOOL and drag the border down to cover the gap, erase the excess eye with the ERASE TOOL, and then use the BURN TOOL with 10% on the SHADOWS settings on the lash line to darken it.

  4. Thick Brows Fix: Go to the FILTER TAB at the top of the screen on Photoshop’s menu panel. Then use the HAND TOOL to push and pull the eyebrows into place.

  5. Blotchy Foundation Fix: Setup Frequency Separation and click lightly go over the face with the MIXER BRUSH (on all 26% settings) sampling everytime you move to a new area,

  6. Under Eye Crease Fix: While still on Frequency separation, choose the CLONE STAMP TOOL (on 100% all settings and a tiny size) and sample a clean area with OPTION, and click to cover the crease.


My advice as a photographer is to network with local talented  makeup artists and build a rapport with them. This way you can build a referral list to send to your clients to ensure you have makeup on set that doesn’t require so much time in post. It’s also a win win because those makeup artists will also recommend clients to you and help with portfolio shoots if the relationship beneficial for all. 


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CREDITS

Photo by @chadflucas

Edit by @symoneseven


How do I fixed a colored lace wig in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Some things are best left on instagram, and by some I mean colored lace wigs! We love to double tap them on our feed but there’s no mention of the work of the stylist and photographer who made it so likeable. So if you’re a photographer struggling to save a wig, or an outsider wanting to see how it all goes down behind the scenes, stayed tuned.


HOW TO FIX A LACE WIG IN PHOTOSHOP


  1. Create a layer copy with the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J 

  2. Go to the FILTER TAB at the top of the screen on Photoshop’s menu panel

  3. Use the HAND TOOL to reshape the bulkiness at the top of the wig

  4. Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select a nice sample of hair

  5. Press COMMAND C to copy the selection and COMMAND V to paste the selection

  6. Click and drag the sample over an area you want to replace it with

  7. Erase the edges of the selection to blend it into the original photo with the ERASE TOOL

  8. Repeat until you’re satisfied


My tip to further blend the hair is to use your HUE/SATURATION adjustments and dodge/burn to properly blend the samples into the originial. You can also blend by using the layer fill/opacity to fade the samples into the original. 


Want more? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


CREDITS

Photo by @chadflucas

Edit by @symoneseven


How to fix a lace wig part in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


HOW TO FIX A LACE WIG PART

  1. Go to the FILTER TAB at the top of Photoshop’s menu panel

  2. Select LIQUIFY from the drop down menu

  3. Use the PUCKER TOOL to narrow the part by lightly clicking the button slowly down the part

My tip is to go in with the HAND TOOL in LIQUIFY to manually push and pull the part after doing these steps to get the part exactly to your liking. Be careful to make sure it’s natural and your changes are undetectable. 


Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR:

Sony a7 camera with 85mm 1.8 lens


LIGHT

Natural Light with no modifiers



CREDITS

Photo/Retouch: @symoneseven

Model: Mercy