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Friday, April 03, 2009

In this tutorial I will explain how to sharpen an image using the High Pass Filter in Photoshop CS4. Let's open up the image that we worked with in the previous article (skin color correction)

photoshop high pass sharpen tutorial
In order to use this filter, we must duplicate the layer. Then, with the new layer still selected, go to Filter - Other - High Pass (if under the Filter menu you can't find Other, click Show all menu items). Choose a lower value (start from 0, and move the slider to the right until the edge of the objects are visible). For this picture I chose 2.4

photoshop high pass sharpen tutorial
Go to layer blending modes, and chose a mode that's favorable for your picture. For this one, Soft Light did the trick. Now the image is sharper.

photoshop high pass sharpen tutorial
Ctrl+Shift+E to Merge Layers, than save your work. That's it!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

As i talked in my post regarding white balance, almost any digital camera (even DSLRs) are not able to reproduce exactly the real life colors, and tend to give a reddish/blueish tint to the whole image, especially to the skin.

photoshop skin color correct tutorial
Let's open this image in Photoshop. Before beginning, you should duplicate the layer. White Balance was manually set, and the image is taken straight out of the camera.

First step - put some colour samplers on a white point, a black point and somewhere on the skin. Select the Eyedropper Tool (press I and make sure Sample Size is at least 3 by 3 average) and Shift+Click on the points mentioned earlier. Use thresholding to find the whitest/darkest points. I picked these 3:

photoshop skin color correct tutorial
For the second point, corresponding to the skin color, I am working in CMYK format (click on the eyedropper icon in the Info Tab to select it) because these numbers are more helpful.

But first, the black point. Notice that the RGB values for the darkest point are 4,4,4 which is ok (5,5,5 ideally). The RGB values for the white point (point #3) are: 255,232,234. Ideally, these should be: 245,245,245. We got to work on correcting this. Open up Curves, go to the Red Channel, pick the right end of the line and drag it downwards until the R value is 245.
Now, go to the Green Channel, and drag that point to the left, until G is 245. Repeat this for Blue Channel.

photoshop skin color correct tutorial
Now, for the skin: it's better to work in CMYK color mode, because there is a simple rule regarding natural skin color:
-C (Cyan) should have a lower value, usually between 7-12
-M (Magenta) should have a value equal to 3*Cyan: 30-35
-Y (Yellow) should be a little higher than M

In our case, C is a little high and Y is very low. Go to Red Channel, click on the button with the hand and 2 arrows (with the help of this, you can click and drag in the image to modify the curve)
place the cursor over colour sampler #3, and click&drag upwards. Notice the curve is changing shape, and keep dragging it until the C value is about 11.

photoshop skin color correct tutorial
Repeat this step for M (go to Green Channel and click&drag upwards until M is about 33-34) and then for Y (go to Blue Channel and click&drag downwards until Y is about 36-37). The skin looks much better, doesn't it?

photoshop skin color correct tutorial
While modifying the curves, the RGB values for the white/black point changed. This can be easily fixed by modifying the end of the curves. So this is a simple way of correcting skin color in Photoshop. Shift+Drag your eyedropper samplers away from the image and save your work.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The process of changing the eye colour in Photoshop is actually a pretty simple one, requiring only a good mouse (it's hard to do this with a touchpad) for the selection of the iris.

Step one: open a person's photo in Photoshop (a picture taken with a high megapixel number is preferable). I'll open the one below

change eye colour in photoshop cs4
Now, zoom in (Ctrl and +, and press Alt while click&dragging to center the eyes) on the eyes and press Q to enter in Quick Mask Mode. Select the Brush Tool (hardness 100 and pick a lower size, like 13-15).

Start painting over the eyes. Notice that you will paint with red colour. Don't worry, we're just making a selection (the eyes won't turn red). If you want to erase a part of the selection, press X and paint over that part. Press X again to return to normal mode. Keys [ and ] are used to decrease/increase brush size.

change eye colour in photoshop cs4
When finished, press Q again to exit Quick Mask Mode, then hit Ctrl+Shift+I to revert the selection (to select only the eyes). Copy the selection (Ctrl+C), then create another layer and Paste (Ctrl+V). You should get something like this (background is not visible):

change eye colour in photoshop cs4
Select the layer containing the eyes (make sure the background is visible) and go to Image - Adjustments - Hue&Saturation. Play with the sliders until you get the desired colour. Once you do that, play with the Opacity slider of this layer (i've reduced it to about 75%)

change eye colour in photoshop cs4
If you finished, hit Ctrl+Shift+E to Merge Layers, than save your work.