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| p.1 #8 · portrait help for sisters bf |
It is a very nice soft high-key portrait, I really like it. It just needs a little kick in terms of burning and dodging, bringing up contrast, and making his eyes more alive. Evening up the background does not hurt either.
Here is what I got:
All procedure takes about 5 minutes or less. Here is the description:
First, identify where the highlights in his eyes are, and draw reflections first with a soft brush at 50% (sample from the highlight on his nose), then change to the pencil tool, make radius a bit smaller, and place a sharp bright dot within a soft reflection, on upper right.
Then, do some burning and dodging. You need to pick a soft brush, set dodge tool to 20% midtones, and gently draw soft highlights left of his pupils. That will add some natural transparency that was lost on a photo. Then do some burning around his eyes, to improve contrast of crease and lashes, with soft brush, burn tool set to 8%, shadow. Search youtube on instructions how to improve eyes in PS - there are quite a few.
Now to his hair - dodge highlights with soft brush, highlights, 10%, and burn some shadows with burn tool at 10%, shadows. Clean up background with clone tool set to 50%, soft brush. Switch to Lab space, go to curves, and adjust luminance curve only for desired contrast. Sharpen - and you are done.