NOTE: I suppose that you have Adobe Photoshop (better CS version) and you have spent some time to learn basic shortcuts and tools. All tutorials was done on CS version under Microsoft Windows XP. All tools and filters parameters are set up for a good quality images (minimum 300 dpi). Don’t work with JPG images!
VISAGISTE - such lovely word )) and such a beautiful profession! If you work with visage master, you are lucky man. If you know the visage technique by your self you are twice lucky! I only hope I will learn more about photo visage and may be some day I will post a basic tutorial about this. I don’t have visage person, but I try to learn more about visage, because studio photograph need this.
Well, there is no perfect people, we all know that all magazine stars are the product of professional visage masters and photographs, and in modern world they are the product of Photoshop I tired to discuss computer usage in art photography, photoshop is my tool, same like photo camera, same like lenses, same like light and visage and I will use it to reach the good result.
Note: This tutorial is only part of skin retouch techniques I use. If you skipped previous tutorials please take a look on: Healing Brush tutorial
Below is Before/After of this tutorial. Not much, but remember, this is only start steps. So, we will learn how to work with Patch Tool to remove strong (sharp) shades and overexposes.
I have outline target places for this tutorial. Now please Make a layer via copy [CTRL-J]
NOTE: Never work on original layer, because it doesn’t meter how deep your photoshop history is set up, it always has endpoint.
Unlike Healing brush, Patch Tool gives you the ability to replace a large amount of skin in one operation.
To use Patch tool you must be sure that you have a good skin area on your photo. This skin area will be your replacement pattern. If you don’t have any “good skin” areas on photo, please follow the skin patterns tutorial, to learn how to prepare a skin pattern.
So, in this tutorial I will use skin from models forehead. Ye ye I know the skin structure is different but forget about this here.
I will start with overexposed nose. It always happens if you don’t keep an eye on model visage because nose is the first part of body which will sweat.
Using Patch Tool create selection like shown on left image. Now find a good part of skin (in this tutorial it is forehead) like shown on right image.
Using same tool (Patch Tool)Drag and Drop your selection from source to target skin part. Whoa la. We have replace the bad area of skin with the clean one using the clever algorithm, which is trying to stay close to target colors, contrast and lightness and leaves only the structure of source. DON’t press any keys now )) if you have, go back using history and repeat the drag and drop.
As you can see the result (below, left) is actually terrible. Now, we don’t want our model look like barby )? so, EVERY PHOTOSHOP FILTER should be used within the limits. And we will fade out the Patch tool effect by pressing [CRTL-SHIFT-F]. In the new dialog use slider to set the opacity of Patch tool to 50%.
NOTE: Every time you fade out the opacity of Patch Tool you will
diffuse the skin more and more! This happens because previous skin
structure mixes with the new structure and loose its pattern.
So, if you wish to stay with ideal skin structure of face, you will need to find “clean areas” of skin near the bad one to leave same skin pattern as it should be on face AND you will need to leave the opacity of Patch tool on 100%! But this is another tutorial you better forget about this now. Do I use such technique to leave skin structure natural? No. (well only in one or two of my works) But you definitely should know this.
And don’t forget as less transformation you do as better your photo quality will be. Want to do a really good test of your knowledge? Make a large (30×40) print of your photo and believe me this will show everything! You will need much practice to reach a good result which will look on paper same like on monitor.