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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 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 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 a bra strap in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Getting rid of pesky bra straps has never easier. In this quick fix tutorial, I’ll show you how I quickly remove bra straps from my photos. 

HOW TO REMOVE A BRA STRAP 

  1. Create a background copy with COMMAND J

  2. Select the SPOT HEALING BRUSH with the CONTENT AWARE setting turned on 

  3. Paint over the strap by clicking and dragging, release to reveal the correction

  4. Repeat this if necessary

  5. If there’s blotchy skin, use the regular HEALING BRUSH to SAMPLE  a clean area with OPTION and paint over the blotches.

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


CREDITS

Makeup/Photo: @artistrybystephen

Edit: @symoneseven 

Model: @saranaomi1


How do I remove dark marks in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

     Our flaws are beauty marks. They can add character and context to our story. But sometimes, we have to remove them from the picture to focus on the bigger picture. I found a nondestructive way to do this is to clean up my blemishes before I do more intense techniques like frequency separation or dodge/burn. I recommend using this on acne stars, hyperpigmentation marks, unwanted moles, facial hair, stray eyebrow hairs, etc.

HOW TO REMOVE DARK BLEMISHES IN PHOTOSHOP

  1. Inspect the skin and decide which blemishes are necessary to remove. My tip is to not zoom in too closely and decide where to stop before you start to above going to far.

  2. Select the CLONE STAMP TOOL, and change the blend mode to LIGHTEN and set the opacity/flow around 30-40% high.

  3. Go over the blemishes by picking a clean skin sample with CLICK + OPTION and covering up the dark mark by clicking over it a couple times.

  4. Watch the mark fade before your eyes.

  5. Repeat until you’re satisified.


The biggest difference this technique makes is the blend mode on LIGHTEN. With the setting being on that mode, it only targets change to the dark pixels leaving the normal colored pixels alone. This allows you to only remove what you don’t want!



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 sony 85mm 1.8 lens

Pocket Wizard


LIGHT

One alien bee B800 strobe lights on c stands

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

White reflector under bust



How do I whiten teeth in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

 A bright white smile is an inviting way to introduce an image. We as the photographer’s should be mindful of the difference a white smile can make in an image. I also pay attention to the white’s of the eyes as well for a clean image.


Steps to getting a white smile in photoshop

  1. Click the QUICK SELECTION TOOL

  2. Click and drag over the teeth to SELECT. Use OPTION - to erase

  3.  Click Adjustments

  4. Click on the HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer

  5. Choose YELLOWS from the color options, and turn down the SATURATION and turn up the LIGHTNESS.

  6. For extra whiteness, reselect by going to the SELECT TAB, 

  7. Then click RESELECT

  8. Now you have the teeth back selected, go to SELECTED COLOR adjustment layer

  9. Turn down the BLACKS inside of the WHITE color option

  10. Done.


Equipment set up:

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

gold reflector under her bust 



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: viicarii

How do I fill in nails in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

 How to fill nails in less than a minute in photoshop! This video isn’t sped up, it’s in real time to show how quick and easy it is! Of course we want to get it right in camera, but sometimes as a photographer you have no choice but to work with what you have. Here is the fastest way to retouch outgrown nails in photoshop.


Steps to filling in nails:

  1. Create a new layer copy using the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Click on the Clone Stamp tool to sample desired areas using OPTION and paint over undesired areas such as chips or outgrown nail beds. 

  3. Sample from a little above the problem area and click and drag it over top. For your brush hardness, put it semi-hard with 70% hardness.

  4. Repeat it on every finger necessary.

  5. Done.

 

Equipment set up:

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/retouch:@symoneseven

Model: @miakapree