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Before & After
Hover over the image below to view the before and after transformation!
Removing a Hand
The hand in this photo is just a distraction so it makes sense to remove it. We use the Pen Tool to create an accurate selection around where the hand intersects with the face and use that to cut the hand out. We then go over several techniques to making sure the background of the image is pure white.
Often times it can be hard to tell if a background is actually 100% white or black. In this tutorial we go over a great way to check instantly!
Create Detail through Sharpening
A great way to make an image appear as though it is popping off the screen is to add a ton of detail through sharpening. We go over our exclusive 3 step process on how to bring out small details as well as large details.
So sharp it will cut ya!
Although the beetle was already an amazing color, we decided to enhance it along with the lips to bring out even more interest. You will learn how to take the natural muted colors of an image and really make them pop out in this Photoshop tutorial.
Create Specular Highlights
To make something look like it really shines, you can add a level of highlight detail that wasn’t there in the first place. Specular highlights are the highlights that show up when an object is reflecting light, so for the most part they are white. Think of a car’s paint job. On a bright day the surfaces facing upwards will almost appear white even if the car itself is black. That is because you are seeing the highlights, not the actual color of the car.
To make something look like it is shiny, these specular highlights are a must! We cover an easy way to add these to any image.
Master the Pen Tool
In this Photoshop tutorial we cover the pen tool in depth and show you how to make accurate selections from your pen paths. We use paths to define the lips of the subjects in order to make the border clean and sharp!
We also use a pen path to outline the beetle, making it much easier to remove the hand in the photo.