By SYMONE SEVEN
Lace wigs are a photographer’s natural enemy. They have flyaways, screen door mesh in the part, and need constant attention combing between each frame. Even with the best preparation and application, they almost always require retouching. I’ve seen wigs that look like they’re coming from the scalp in real life not stand a chance under studio photography lights. But I care enough about my clients that I will not let them look anything other than on point when it’s said and done.
Here’s how to retouch a lace front wig in photoshop using only ONE TOOL. Yes, just one: the clone stamp tool. It’s many days I struggled at my computer to learn how to master this skill enough to be able to simplify it for you. It’s not easy but very tedious. You definitely have to be patient and have your fingers on COMMAND Z to undo at all times lol.
Steps to retouching a lace wig:
Press play on your favorite album because you’re going to be here for a while.
Make a new background copy dragging the layer to the page icon below it
Use the clone stamp tool by sampling an area using OPTION and then paint it over the problem area by clicking and dragging. That’s the technique for this entire tutorial.
Make sure your brush hardness and opacity is relatively low, like between 20-50%
Erase with a hard brush and high opacity (like 70-80%) over any mistakes along the edges for a cleaner look.
For the lace part: first sample from the forehead and paint a thin part over the lace. Decrease the brush size the further back you go. Use the brackets to change brush size
Erase over that a little with a soft brush on like 10% opacity to soften it. I forgot to do that in the video but it’s important.
Sample the edges of the hair and bring them back closer together to form a neat looking part.
Clone stamp over any stray hairs and fly aways. Working with the clone stamp remember to same everytime you release. Don’t try to drag to far but go in shorter strokes. And also don’t forget to change your brush size and opacity as needed.
Done. You made it. I knew you could.
Equipment set up:
Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5
Neewer RT-16 trigger
Neweeer monolight on a c stand
46” octabox at 2 o'clock above her
White reflector under her bust