Adobe Photoshop is a bitmap (or raster) picture-making application. It is ideal For creating soft, painterly effects and allows you the freedom to create fashion illustrations from many starting points. Imagery can be gathered and imported from various sources, such as scanners, drawing applications, digital cameras, photo CDs and video capture. A Photoshop file is a digital picture made up of a monolayer of picture elements, or pixels for short (tiny square dots of colour). A typical file is built up in layers, so you can work on specific areas independently,
Skin smoothing and softening can really improve an image. In fashion flair, the skin needs to be impeccable. The tones across the skin should be even and any roughness eliminated. You can smooth out skin with Photoshop, but more advanced skin softening requires a plug-in. I hate telling people that the solution to retouching (or other creative problems) is to buy a program. Photoshop is so expensive as it is, and insisting that a plugin is required seems wrong. But in this instance of advanced skin retouching, a plug-in really is essential. Using a retouching and skin softening program will save you time and, as a professional, time is money.
To make the highlights and shadows even more defined in this image, I increased the contrast in Photoshop. By making the shadows darker (dragging the black point) and the highlights lighter (increasing the exposure), I ramped up the dramatic effect. To make the highlights and shadows even more defined in this image, I increased the contrast in Photoshop. By making the shadows darker (dragging the black point) and the highlights lighter (increasing the exposure), I ramped up the dramatic effect.
As with Nik, onOne has a range of products addressing different practical and creativity needs. Many of the basic creative functionalities for Nik and onOne are similar. For creative purposes, you may want to try onOne's PhotoTools product for dozens of beautiful creative effects or its PhotoFrame product for edge and frame enhancements. A free trial lets you test these tools in Photoshop or even test as Lightroom Aperture plug-ins. Kubota Image Tools is a company that provides a variety of creative Photoshop actions and training materials. Photoshop actions are fundamentally instructions of repetitive changes to make to a file in Photoshop. For example, if you want a high-contrast image with desaturated colors and a vignette, you could create an action so that every time you want this effect, you apply this action to the file. This saves you time and creates consistent effects. Thousands of actions allow you to add creative effects to your images. Kubota sells themed action packs, so...
A really do agree with the saying, Get it right in camera. In other words, don't be lazy when shooting just because you think you can fix it in Photoshop. If you get it right in the beginning, you will save yourself time and hassle later on. Sometimes, however, you can't achieve a desired effect in camera. In addition, Photoshop allows you to take creativity to a level not possible in camera.
In this regard I must say, without apology, that in my atelier, as well as all the usual painting equipment, I have a scanner, computer and large format epson 7600 printer that is capable of printing 75year lightfast pigments on canvas. The scanner is a common Cannon LCD (diode) scanner that I cut apart with a hacksaw and re-assembled to allow me to scan paintings of any size and to reassemble them in 'photoshop' without any discernable joining. The scanner is set up on a large grid table, face down has been used to scan 50 x80 paintings with sizes of over 500mg bytes. Now the good part - should I wish I can print an exact copy of my original then, using my oil paints, treat the canvas inkjet print as a primatura, and begin to paint over it. The final result can be varnished and protected as you would any other oil painting. This again can be scanned Now I shall demonstrate some of the processes with my 'Bounty' painting 'Portsmouth 1792', above. The image above is a JPG compressed...
The possibilities for creative effects in Photoshop are endless. Everyone has a different style of retouching and post-processing. For some people, these techniques become a part of their style and branding. For others they are just tools to reach a final goal. If you check my YouTube page or Web site, you can find guides to several retouching techniques, including selective black-and-white conversions and makeup applications in Photoshop.
In Figure 9.1, I was able to turn a client into a pinned butterfly. She appears delicate, fragile, and beautiful. I achieved this effect by shooting two separate frames (one close-up of real butterfly wings and one full-length shot of the subject) and merging them in Photoshop. By using similar qualities of light in each photo (softbox, direction of shadows), I was able to create a realistic-looking fantasy in the studio.
First, adjust your general exposure, ideally in Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom, or Aperture. In this base exposure, attempt to maintain detail in the important highlights of the image, such as skin tone highlights. If your computer monitor is correctly calibrated, you can judge the exposure from the histogram in camera RAW accompanied with the appearance of the image onscreen. In Figure 11.3, I used the Develop module in Lightroom 3 to adjust the image's exposure, recovery (to return detail to the highlights), and saturation. Without adjusting the recovery, I would lose all detail in the white of the dress, which is typically undesirable when working on wedding photography. I'll complete any of my more advanced adjustments (such as skin softening) in Photoshop and discuss them later. It is essential to get these basic adjustments taken care of up front because they affect the retouching and adjusting of the rest of the image.
DTP Writing this book was one challenge, but setting it up on InDesign was another. Particular thanks to Alan Taylor for guiding me through the fashion drawings on CorelDRAW, and manipulating the photographs in Photoshop. Thanks also to Brian Farley, Bert and the rest of the team for their technical input.
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To make these books as original as possible, Promostyl employs just over ten fashion illustrators. They are employed on a freelance basis, with some illustrators working three to four months every year for us, slates Lysiane. We select an illustrator because of the allure or the modernity of their sketches, as well as the legibility of the items, she explains. A Promostyl fashion illustration needs to be nice to look at but easy to understand and translate into a garment. The illustrators arc given as much information as possible to complete their work a brief, rough sketches, colours and the names of the trends. They use a range of materials including pens, pencils, markers and the computer. Very often, we ask them to scan their sketches and add fabric and colours onto them using Photoshop, says Lysiane.
In this instance, I have used a portrait of a local singer, as seen in Figure 12.16. 3. Open the texture in Photoshop. 5. Once you've resized the images, hold the Shift key and drag the texture on top of the original file. This centers the texture, which will now be the top layer in that Photoshop file. When you drag and drop this texture, it will now be the only thing you can see on the original file.
You can achieve much of te HDR effect right in Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). This example uses the steam punk-inspired portrait from earlier in the book. Next, I adjust the saturation and vibrance levels. I want to decrease these values so that I have more muted images with more subtle tones. (It helps pick up on grittier detail.) You will decrease the vibrance, making the tones look a bit more dull or metallic. You may need to add some additional contrast to the image (using levels or curves) to make the existing image pop. You can do this step in Photoshop, but I often like the results better when I adjust them in ACR. Now open the image in Photoshop. At this point you need to determine if you've achieved the HDR look. If you do not feel that the look has gone far enough, play with the Shadow Highlights tool.
One of my favorite images involved a prop I found on eBay. You can buy anything and everything on eBay, from vintage dresses to gothic candlesticks to bright red cyber goggles. Sometimes if I don't have an idea for a shoot, I browse through eBay looking for unusual items. I created the image in Figure 3.12 using red cyber goggles I found on eBay (less than 20), red lipstick (less than 5 at CVS), and Photoshop to white out the subject's skin. This image, one of my most iconic to date, was created with a college friend for less than 25.
Speaking purely of managing the organization of digital files, I prefer Lightroom to other studio management and image management programs. Lightroom is the tool I use to import my files, add key metadata, catalog them, and give a live image review session to clients. Figure 11.2 is a screen shot of my Lightroom gallery view during an editing session. Here I have edited my selections from the shoot to the top images rated three stars. From there I will continue to narrow my favorites to be edited in Photoshop. 6. Open the images in Photoshop.
When preparing your portfolio pages, don't cram in so much that they become cluttered. The less-ls-more theory has been successfully applied to this illustration by a student who enhances her drawings on the computer using Photoshop. The sense of serenity conveyed by her uncluttered approach is emphasized by a soothing colour palette and minimalist style of illustration.
We used a fashion pose, choice makeup, and Photoshop effects to create a high-fashion look that was classy and striking for this boudoir shot. We used a fashion pose, choice makeup, and Photoshop effects to create a high-fashion look that was classy and striking for this boudoir shot. Post-processing (Photoshop, retouching, and more)
First, I draw a sketch on paper with a pencil, then I scan it. I open the file in Illustrator and trace over the pencil drawing. At this point I choose the colours too (which is the best par of working with a computer you can change and undo or redo as much as you want, like a game). When it's all traced, I export to Photoshop, where I do the final touch volumes, lights, skin effects
This book opens by discussing the preparation required to add a fashion twist to your images, including location and styling, and then the poses, lighting, and equipment needed on the day of your shoot. It then covers in-camera techniques, fashion lighting essentials, Photoshop techniques, and a variety of other tricks to achieve the fashion flair aesthetic. The book would not be complete without the final section on business tips that will really make the fashion flair approach work for you. Marketing, social networking, products, and services can all be found in Part V.
Learn Photoshop Now
This first volume will guide you through the basics of Photoshop. Well start at the beginning and slowly be working our way through to the more advanced stuff but dont worry its all aimed at the total newbie.