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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


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. 


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



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 do I Replace a Sky in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Sometimes a sky replacement is neccessary for skies that are completely blown out and can’t be recovered. This option is an easy fix or a creative license to the artist to take any photo to the next level. Read below to find out how to take your photo to the next level.

HOW TO REPLACE A SKY

  1. Select the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the subject by dragging your mouse while holding down. Do this while pressing the MINUS SIGN to delete unwanted areas from your selection

  2. Save the selection by going to the SELECT TAB, and SAVE SELECTION at the bottom of the menu. Name the selection if you wish and hit OK.

  3. Go to SELECT TAB again and hit DESELECT 

  4. Google a sky you want to replace your current sky and drag the saved file over top of your image in photoshop

  5. Adjust the borders on the image before pressing enter to finalize the placement

  6. Go to the SELECT TAB, then LOAD SELECTION, and choose your selection from the drop down menu. Hit OK.

  7. Then hit the LAYER MASK button in the menu in the LAYERS section to cut out the subject

  8.  Colorgrade your new sky to match the subject 

  9.  Done :)

  

My advice to you is to make sure your subject and sky are blended properly with the selection and color grading. To get a really clean selection, while you’re using your QUICK SELECTION TOOL, hit the Q BUTTON and this will turn the selection area red. Use your BRUSH TOOL to paint with white/black on 100% OPACITY and 80% HARDNESS to clean up the edges of your selections.

Want more? You can get it on symoneseven.com, @symoneseven Instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 

GEAR:

Sony a7 camera with canon 70-200mm 2.8 L lens 

MC-11 Sigma adapter 

LIGHT

Natural Light

CREDITS

Model/Edit: @symoneseven 

Shooter/Shirt: Jay of @lemonaires_



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 remove blemishes in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Sometimes, we can take a beautiful image and there are distracting blemishes taking the focus away from what we intended to focus our lens on. Eliminate the acne, debris, stray hairs and all with the spot healing brush. This is the quickest way to turn a bad skin day into a good one. 



Here are the steps to removing blemishes quickly in photoshop.

  1. Create a new Layer with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Click on the SPOT HEALING BRUSH 

  3. Click over the blemish spots. 

  4. Drag your cursor over the blemish if it is more long than circular. 

  5. Repeat until you’ve reached your desired look.




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: @loveeemia

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




How do I change background color in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN 

Save hundreds of dollars on seamless paper with this photoshop trick! Personally, I only own neutral background papers and I always use this method if a client wants color. This skill came out of necessity when I had to create with limited resources. But now, only makes sense to save time and money to do it this way.


STEPS TO CHANGING A BACKGROUND TO ANY COLOR IN PHOTOSHOP:

  1. Select your background with the QUICK SELECTION TOOL

  2. Go up to the top panel, select LAYER, scroll to NEW FILL LAYER, from the options click on SOLID COLOR

  3. Select a color from the wheel or a color in the image to choose your background color by clicking on it.

  4. Click on the layer mask, and CHANGE THE LAYER BLEND MODE TO “DARKEN”. Don’t miss this step! 

  5. Paint WITH WHITE on the layer mask USING THE BRUSH TOOL to apply your new color

  6. Paint WITH BLACK on the layer mask to USING THE BRUSH TOOL to erase the color from unwanted areas

  7. Done :)  


My trick I found with shooting on a white background is that using the "Darken" blend mode allows you to paint just the background and not include the hair. I learned this last night when I was up editing at 2am and so sleepy I accidentally changed my blend mode! It turned out to work out :)



Equipment set up:

Sony a7 camera with Sony Fe 85 1.8mm lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 

LIGHT

Two Alien Bee strobe lights

Key light with a big 72" octabox at 2 o'clock above her

The other light behind her pointing at the back wall wall and her back

CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: Tiffany