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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 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 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 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


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 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 fix frizzy hair in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

This is the quick and dirty way to clean up frizzy hair in photoshop. It’s a method I use when I’m too lazy to go in with my clone stamp and remove the hairs individually. Aint nobody got time for that! Nope! Keep reading if you’re as impatient as I am

HOW TO RETOUCH FRIZZY HAIR

  1. Make a layer copy with COMMAND J

  2. Zoom in with COMMAND +

  3. Grab the CLONE STAMP TOOL on 90% hardness and opacity  and sample a clean area with OPTION 

  4. Carve out the hair, erasing the frizz by outlining the hair.

  5. Sample and drag around the perimeter

  6. Use the MIXER BRUSH TOOL with all settings on 26% to paint over the background. Don’t be afraid to be messy because of the next step.

  7. Erase the MIXER BRUSH color off the subejct

  8. Done :)


My tip is to make sure you blend the edges of your quick CLONE STAMP tool  work with the background. 

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

GEAR:

Canon 5d mark iii camera


LIGHT

Profoto D1 light with large octabox slightly above subject

Silver reflector under the bust

Alien Bee B800 with a a reflector bowl behind the subejct


CREDITS

Photo: @leslieandrewsphoto

Model: Kingston 

Creative director/prop stylist/retouch: @symoneseven