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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 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 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


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 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