This week’s photo comes from Fix It Friday at I Heart Faces. I participate as a contributor there periodically. This particular photo needed lots of help as it was severely underexposed but had a sunspot too. I do most of my work in Photoshop as you know, but will use Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom as a quick starting point or for more severe issues like this.
Here are the before, after raw (pre-Photoshop), color version in Photoshop, and a black and white edit (done on top of the color edit). After the photos – I will teach you the blueprint of how I achieved these results. I do love bright skin. If you do not, I would recommend toning down the opacity of some of the layers I created.
Now for the blueprint… Starting with the SOOC, I used ACR (Adobe Camera RAW). Here were the settings I chose. I heavily used the exposure slider and recovery slider (as you can see) and I changed the color temperature to one better suited for daylight. I also added a touch of fill light, light clarity, vibrance and saturation.
From there I opened the photo up in Photoshop CS4. Here were my steps – mostly running actions and masking, but also doing a few steps manually.
- Ran Touch of Light Action (and applied lightly to face with 30% opacity brush) and Touch of Darkness Action (and applied to background and jacket – especially hood)
- Duplicated layer and used patch tool to get rid of sun spot on face (cheek)
- Made a hue/saturation adjustment later to alter the grass. Selected yellow channel and increased the hue and saturation while decreasing the lightness
- Masked back the boy and the clothing and skin from the hue/sat layer
- Ran Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness Photoshop action again – and added depth to the grass and hood of the coat by painting using the mask on the darkness layer
- Ran MCP Color Burst from the Complete Workflow Set at default opacities – and used paint on pop layer just on the grass
- Ran Skin Cast Blast from the Magic Skin Action Set (using Bye Bye Blueberry to get rid of blue/add yellow)
- Ran Eye Doctor – just used sharp as a tack and catch light layer at very low opacity
Those were all the steps needed for the color edit you see. For the black and white I used the completed color photo and just did two more steps:
- Ran Rocky Road Ice Cream from the Quickie Collection – masked skin back from the texture
- Ran Burnt Edges Action and adjusted the opacity
The following actions used on this picture are free in the TRY ME section of my web site: Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness, Burnt Edges
The following actions used on this picture are available for purchase on my site: Color Burst (from the Complete Workflow Actions), Skin Cast Blast (from the Magic Skin Action Set), The Eye Doctor, Rocky Road Ice Cream (from the Quickie Collection)