There are few things i hate more than a snapshot of myself….my nose looks large, my eyes are non-existent, and my face is round. Snapshots don’t usually get the pro retouch…but I really like my friends and would like to keep them as friends…so I do the 5 min retouch on my snapshots.
I had my husband take this image of me right after I woke up..no make up…no coffee… I’m sorry if you get scared..but why not start with the worst….
use the spot-heal brush to remove any dots
Next comes the teeth. Most of us have some yellow tones on our teeth (darn my addiction to coffee!) so,from the bottom of the Layer palette click the black and white icon (1) and choose Color Balance
Up the blue slider a bit. Because yellow and blue are opposites on the color wheel they cancel each other out .
Add a mask, inverse it (ctrl or Cmd + I. Using white as the foreground color, paint back in the teeth so they are white ( you may end up lowering to opacity of the layer too)
I often add a brightness/contrast layer with a layer mask and erase the teeth, I do this in the same way as creating the Color balence.
Eyes are the next step. Follow the step I outlined in the article Make Them Shine right here on TipSquirrel.com a little while ago.
Here is where those drawing classes I had to take in school come in handy (don’t worry I got a ‘mercy C’ in drawing). I can make my face look thinner with the Burn tool and my under eye circles almost disappear with the Dodge tool.
If you’re happy so far, merge all the layers by choosing “Merge visible” from the flyout menu in the layers Palette. Then Ctrl or Cmd+J to make a new copy of this layer to work on as the next steps can be very distructive and take a little practice.
I burned around my face, my forehead, and the bridge of my nose. Now I use the dodge tool on a new layer to create a triangle under my eyes…this helps lighten those REALLY dark circles..and gives the illusion of a lift. The trick here is to use a very low opacity brush, less than 10%, and be patient!
here is a sample of where I burned (black) and dodged (white)
and here is the before and after.. not a HUGE difference…not bad for being awake for 5 mins, no make up and a simple snapshots. Keep your friendships, and spend a couple minutes re-touching before you post a snapshot!
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