Defining Cheek Bones – Episode #74
In today’s episode we are answering Aileen’s question on retouching. We do teach a class on skin retouching, so we couldn’t cover everything. We decided to focus on adding definition to cheek bones, which is something a lot of people miss when they think about retouching a face.
To do this, we figured out the shape of the shadow that would be under the cheek bones, and drew selections with the Lasso Tool. We then filled in the selections with a color drawn from the skin. We then set the layer blending mode to Multiply, which basically makes everything darker, and in this case, acts as shadow area. To make the shadows a little more realistic, we add a gaussian blur, and layer mask away the area we don’t want to be visible.
We then added a bit of color to her cheeks by selecting out the color in her lips, and painting with a large paint brush at 20% over her cheeks. Changing this layer into a soft light layer helped everything to blend in well.
To finish the image off, we used a healing brush tool, and painted over some of the red areas around her nose, then lowered the opacity. This helps make the skin look a bit more even.