Apr 5, 2009

One way to retouch loose hairs

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This movie extract is from  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop.

Here is an interesting challenge that I was presented with recently. I shot the model shown above for an advertising job and was asked by the client to make sure that the skin tone and nails looked flawless. After they had seen the initial retouch work they also asked if I could clean up the hair outline. At first it looked like this would be impossible to achieve. After all, how on earth can one use the clone stamp or healing brush to tidy up the fine hair strands against a background which consisted of a busy wallpaper pattern? As it turned out, the solution to this problem was staring me in the face!

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This movie extract is a smaller version of the one found on the DVD disc that comes with  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop (now on sale), jointly authored by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe. The book is published by Focal Press and contains 400 pages of tutorials and tips on how to achieve the best results out of Camera Raw and Photoshop. You can also find out more about the book by visiting the Photoshop for Photographers website where you can preview more of the content that will be appearing in this book.

2 Responses to “One way to retouch loose hairs”

  1. nabeel Says:

    Hi Martin can you please tell me the name of the model and her agencey shes got the look we need for our up coming campaign. thanks

  2. Martin Evening Says:

    Her name is Suzannah, and when I photographed her in 2008 (as appearing in the above book), she was with Storm agency in London.


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