There are two things that I see in this photo that need to change. The first, is some distracting background. You can clone that out or crop it out. For the sake of time I choose to crop it out (I'll do that as the final step of this edit). The other issue is one that is super-common, especially when you're shooting with a Nikon - the white balance is too cool. You can correct this in-camera while you're shooting a number of ways. You can set your White Balance to one of the pre-set options. The "Shade" pre-set would be a good one in this situation. You can also set a custom white balance (which is something I teach in my SLR class) or you can set the Kelvin white balance (which is something that I will be teaching in my Advanced SLR class later in the year). Or you can fix it in post--processing, which is what we're going to do. This is only one of many ways to do this.
First I'm going to show you how to selectively sharpen and blur. If you do this another way I'd love to hear your method!
|Original photo by Spring Kraft|
|Change layer mode to "soft light"|
|Apply a "High Pass" filter|
|I like to over-sharpen slightly and then I use a transparency brush to soften where I want it and will sometimes change the transparency of the layer.|
|Select the eraser tool, set the transparency to 70% and the radius to 99pixels then erase the high pass filter layer on the cheeks to make the skin look smoother.|
|Now I'm going to duplicate the background layer again|
And I'm going to apply a gaussian blur
|I'm going to use the gaussian blur filter to smooth the skin a little more|
|Select the eraser tool again|
Erase the blur on the eye
That is step 1 of my edit... next I'm going to add some layers of color but I'm going to put that tutorial in a separate post tomorrow.
Do you enjoy this style of learning? I just got my first copy of CS5 and will be working on writing a class for it soon! I'll be taking you step by step through everything I've learned how to do when it comes to editing.