Tips for beauty bloggers: Photoshopping faces

Monday, June 13, 2011

After (too long) of a delay, I’m pleased to introduce our next instalment in Tips For Beauty Bloggers. Whether you’re a fellow blogger, a photography fiend, or just another Joe the Plumber looking to clean up some photos, I hope you enjoy this post!

I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to do this as a video, and in the end, I decided it would be best to. I’ve uploaded it to Vimeo (we’re still avoiding YouTube, at least for now) in HD format, so I’d definitely encourage you to view it fullscreen – seriously, you won’t be disappointed.

(Yes, I’m still childishly amused by the wonders of the internet. Now shh; less mocking and more watching!)

If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, please link back to this post. A project like this one takes a lot of time and effort, so I’d really appreciate it if you could refrain from embedding the video on your own sites. Thanks!

Before

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54 Responses to “Tips for beauty bloggers: Photoshopping faces”

  1. You don't show the before and after in the video do you? If so it doesn't seem to show up for me.

    BTW, great video. Very informative and fun to watch. =]
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  2. Hands down, your blog is one of my favourite (if not my ultimate favourite) for these kinds of practical posts. I have absolutely zero artistic vision and spend ages fiddling around with photos trying to get them to do the things I want (inject some colour into them, stop them looking so washed out…) with absolutely zero success. I usually just trash all the photos and snap about 200. Then I whittle them down photo by photo until I have the least bad…

    So between this post and the amazing infinity effect one – well, I think you've got me covered. :)

  3. Uh oh, guess who's using the Dodge tool on her eye bags from now on? :)

    I love the Curves tool. I like to set mine at a very very slight 'S' curve to give the photo more contrast when it is looking a little washed out. I haven't yet learned how to do the quick white balance in Photoshop either, so I still do it in iPhoto. For those who don't have these software, there's also a great online tool called Picnik that let's you white balance your photos easily. :)

    Great tutorial yet again. Bravo, Rae, bravo!
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  4. Thanks for sharing… this is very useful! I kinda stopped using PS since moving to Lightroom. I love how quickly I can edit in batches and that it doesn't destroy/degrade the original files. It's pretty nifty at cataloguing too.
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  5. Thanks for posting this, I don't use Photoshop to edit my photos but it was helpful nonetheless! x
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  6. I can't see the video yet, so no comment there – but your hair! It looks amazing like this :) It suits you so well.

  7. D.Sadie, on June 13th, 2011 at 2:17 pm said:

    Wow, great tutorial! I wish I had PS now!

    -Dinah

  8. Haha, you sound exactly like you look, if that makes any sense – very cute! The video was great, though it wouldn't work in full screen mode for me – it freaked out my computer and everything was black, even though the sound was still going. o_O Scary. I had PS on my PC loooong ago, but now I'm on a mac and I can't pay an arm and a leg for a copy of PS, so I have Gimp! :D But your tips were very helpful!
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  9. OMG! Thanks so much. I have the hardest time photoshopping my photos. Btw, for what it's worth, you look amazing in the Before as well.
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  10. makeupmorsels, on June 13th, 2011 at 3:39 pm said:

    Never knew about the dodge and burn tools! Thanks for all the tips :) It sometimes (all the time, actually) drives me nuts that Photoshop Elements doesn't have curves or masking. And also, I'm with Kat, your hair looks fantastic!
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  11. I love your new hair! :D I don't have photoshop and really, I could do to learn your tips so I'll be modifying them with the photo editing programme I'm using :) I like that your pics look natural post production unlike some that look absolutely mannequin like – good job Rae!
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  12. Kate & Zena, on June 13th, 2011 at 10:28 pm said:

    EEP! Who's face is that!? I just want to pinch those cheeks! (I'm just kidding. My grandma used to terrorize me with this. I use to scream at this.)

    Hey, you totally should not erase that freckle by your nose. That freckle is cute.

    P.S. Zena sends you lots of kisses….and lots of bounces of a blue tennis ball. (She's been crazy about that I-will-not-swear tennis ball. I had to buy a pack of them after she destroyed the one I use for my robe. I about KILLED her for that one.)

  13. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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  14. ohhh what an amazing tutorial!!! you did a really good job, thank you!! I know a few basics but I learned a lot more now! and I love the Curves one, it makes a picture 10x better! Thanks!!!! I'll be referring to your tutorial next time I edit. :)

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  20. beautymishmash, on June 18th, 2011 at 1:38 pm said:

    Wow, thanks for this tutorial! I never realised that you could still look so natural with photoshop, I always imagined it would make you look really fake! I definitely want to try it now ^_^

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  24. styleezta, on June 19th, 2011 at 11:39 am said:

    thanks so much! very helpful :)

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    I have a non-artistic, warts and all photo policy on my blog. I think that people should see me as I am, with all my defects and quirks. However, photoshopped images can be lovely.

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  30. ur video has helped me soo mch u kept just the right balance of natural look with the thinking less is more discovered u a day ago and already loving ur posts :)

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