Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Virtual Makeup In a Snap

This tutorial will teach you how you can quickly and effectively modify an image where too much makeup’s were applied making the skin look fake. Makeup always not the case,
the picture can be a magazine scan creating excessive noise on the picture. You can also do this to an old photographs that was scanned. Basically to any picture that has excessive amount of noise.
Using this quick dirty secret, you can make your models look glamour’s in no time! For this tutorial purpose, we will use this photograph of Indian celebrity, Riya Sen, that I found on the net. You can
save this picture and open with photoshop to follow through the tutorial.

Step 1: I’ll assume you already have selected your models picture, using the above picture or the picture you would like to enhance. Now, look over at your layers menu, right click over your image layer and select “Duplicate Layer”.
It should look something like this:

Step 2: Make sure your new duplicated layer is selected on the layers menu then from the top menu, go to FILTER -> NOISE -> REDUCE NOISE.

Step 3: You’ll get a popup dialogue box with many options and sample of your picture on the left. The menu on the right would look like the screen below. Strength is how powerful the noise reduction will be, I have set this to maximum.
In your case, it may not be necessary so make sure you slide it left and right until the preview looks like the kind of skin you want for your picture.
I set the ‘Preserve Details’ to 1% as at this point I do not care how much details are being shown, my only concern is that I want the skin to look really good and smooth. Set the other two option to zero as we do not need them.

Once the REDUCE NOISE filter is applied on the top duplicated layer, your picture would look something like this..

Notice that noise is removed from all part of the image including the lips, eyes and hair.. thus making the picture look as if it has been photoshoped.
Step 4: Remember, you have our original picture intact on the bottom of this layer. At this point our goal is to bring the original eyes, hair and lips back as if they
were vivid and not blurry photoshoped version. From the Navigator menu, select the Eraser tool.

Step 5: Now, right click anywhere in the picture and you will get this popup menu.

You’ll see many different brush size, the first half set of brushes are regular brushes which we will not use. The second half set of brushes are smooth edge like spray painting like brushes. For my image
I’ve selected Soft Mechanical 9 Pixel size. You can see it more clearly in the above dialogue box. The purpose here is to carefully erase the eyeballs, eyebrows, lips and hair. As you erase them
in this layer, you’ll notice the original version is coming out replacing the newer one. This way it looks more authentic and real. Go ahead and carefully finish up erasing only inside of the eyes and other
element you would like to keep as authentic. If the model have any jewelry, it is strongly suggested you erase them as well as any other details you want to preserve from the original keeping the skin intact.
Once you are finished, it should look something like this:


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