Fashion Magazine Quality Photos

You’ve done all difficult bits – the planning, your outfit, location, hired a photographer friend, and posed patiently in 200 different ways for three hours.  But you’re still not happy with the results.

Where do go for help?

Academy Class has the answer – open up your Adobe Photoshop workspace and we will help you to retouch your pictures to fashion magazine standard.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to edit your photos in order to make a body look slimmer, to make skin glow more, to make a face more expressive, and to lose or re-shape unwanted backgrounds.

First step: use a stamp tool

When you have uploaded a photo to Photoshop, at the beginning of retouching, you should use a stamp tool to copy & paste, extend or shorten an object or an area within the photo. (You will find it on the left bar of your Adobe Photoshop window).

For example, you can remove elements of the photo you don’t like and replace them with a skyline, a seascape, grass, etc.  By using stamp tool you can make a body look slimmer and create a more or less curvy figure, as you wish. To make a body look more shapely, we recommend a Liquify tool (see the third step in this process).

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Second step: use a Patch tool

Right click on your Healing Brush tool, find a Patch tool and use it in order to remove any element you don`t like in the photo.  For example, in this photo, we will remove unwanted grass.

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Third step: a Liquify tool

Go to Filter menu, choose the Liquify tool. The image will open in a new window, then on the right corner of the window, you will find Tool Options. Set a bigger Brush Size and Brush Pressure. Then, by slightly moving a Liquify Brush in the direction you want to make slimmer, (and the opposite direction if you want made it look bolder) you can shape the body as you wish.

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In this photo, the Liquify tool is used from right to left in order to make the girl`s hands, waist, bottom and hips look a bit more curvy. Then from left to right, the Liquify tool is used in order to make the girl`s tummy more proportionate and natural. When you’ve finished with the Liquify tool, you may notice that not only the lines of the model are changed but the background, too. If Liquify has affected more objects than you wanted, use the Eraser tool. By slightly brushing the place which recently has been transformed with Photoshop, the Eraser tool can reduce any negative impact of the changes.

Here you can see the difference between original photo and the one edited with a Liquify tool.

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Now the girl certainly looks slimmer but not very natural. So we need to apply more tools in order to retouch the model to create that effect.

Fourth step. Perfectly neat hair by using an Eyedropper tool

If there is hair fluttering in the wind and you don`t like the effect – grab an Eyedropper tool, pick up a relevant colour from the background and hide the hair you want to take out. Then take the biggest Eraser you have and smooth the hair to secure the changes.  Also, to add more contrast to the hair, use a  CTRL + I combination, choose the section with the hair and add more contrast on the new layer.

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Fifth step. Glowing skin with Curves

There is an optical trick to make a body look slimmer and the skin to ‘glow’ more. You need to experiment with the light. For example, if the edges of the arm are darker and the centre lighter, the arm itself will look slimmer. By experimenting with the light, you can also create a tan to make the skin look healthier. On the top menu, find Window, choose Adjustments, then Curves. Use a combination Ctrl + I. Choose the smallest Flow and draw on the object where you want the light to fall. Experiment with the light and the blur at the end for the best result.  You can also add more warmth to the skin in the Levels section.

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Sixth step: make the detail brighter

In order to make a photo more vivid, you should make background objects brighter and more expressive. For example, in this picture, a model is surrounded by ironwork, grass and paving slabs. Select the object in the background of the image, go to Color Balance on the Adjustments panel and play with the colours and filters. You will be surprised with the impact that changes to small details can bring.

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Seventh step:

When all the changes are done, balance the brightness, contrast, light and levels not only on the individual details but also on the whole picture. Then Crop the photo (see the tools panel).

A helpful tip to crop a picture is to use a grid to position the objects you want to highlight in the picture. The most eye-catching spots are the ones on the central edges of the grid.

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We hope this has been helpful. Follow Academy Class blog and Youtube channel and learn more hot tips on Adobe software!

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