smooth n smokey blue bokeh high resolution texture file download

smooth n smokey blue bokeh by =DyingBeautyStock on deviantART

Smooth and Smokey blue bokeh high resolution texture file for photoshop overlays free download

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Bleautiful Blur Overlays - Volume 2

Bleautiful Blur Overlays – Volume 2

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  • Page Backgrounds
  • Contrast modifying overlays for single photographs
  • Color adding overlays for designs or photographs
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70 High Resolution 16mp images for your creative project!

70 High Resolution 16mp images for your creative project!

fairytale bokeh by =DyingBeautyStock on deviantART

fairytale bokeh by =DyingBeautyStock on deviantART

High Resolution photoshop texture file free download pink – purple – bokeh – overlay – real light

If you like this file purchase a whole set:

Bleautiful Blur Overlays - Volume 2

Bleautiful Blur Overlays – Volume 2

Buy the Beautiful blurs set now and add creativity of any design or photography project:

  • Page Backgrounds
  • Contrast modifying overlays for single photographs
  • Color adding overlays for designs or photographs
  • Website background images

70 High Resolution 16mp images for your creative project!

Vintage Pinup and Boudoir Retouching tutorial

Vintage Pinup and Boudoir Retouching

tutorial is sponsored by the generously donated pinup images of Kelly @ Bay Area Pinups

This is some of the fun vintage effects achieved with the Vintage packages, video guide after the jump:

Vintage Pinup and Boudoir Retouching tutorial

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Vintage Soft Color Photoshop Action

Vintage Soft Color Photoshop Action

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The vintage soft color action will gently desaturate your image with a soft chocolate antique shadows. Expect a slightly darker mid-tone from the results. The desaturation method used is not like desaturation slider as it does not operate equally across the spectrum of colors. Great style for any photo subject. Action operates in LAB color mode.

Read on for more examples

Systematic Color calibration comparison

Vintage Soft Color Systematic Color comparision

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Vintage Multiple Choice Photoshop Action Set

The Vintage Multiple Choice action produces 11 layers for you to blend into your vintage style.

Vintage Multiple Choice Action Set

The action does not produce automatic results, it’s up to you to finesse the options – but it’s results have an authentic antique, vintage and aged print look.

Who is this action for?

Intermediate to Advanced Photoshop users looking for a starting point for authentic, malleable vintage effects.

How does this action work?

The action produces 11 layers for you to blend and interact with giving you  285311670611 possible combinations for your photo styling pleasure! You can use the layer masks and layer blending modes to reach the creative potential of your images.  The action set is a palette of paints for you to finesse into your masterpiece, it is not a shortcut but a workflow.  If you are really interested in the vintage look, you’ll want to distress the image in custom ways so that it looks aged differently on different parts of the photo.

Here is a series of screenshots of the eleven example layers – first is the original image for reference as you see the changes:

Original Image for reference

^ original image – return for comparisions ^

soft light blended smoothing - Vintage photoshop action

The soft light smoothing layer is a basic retouch method that nearly everyone’s familiar with, it’s at the bottom.

simple vintage BW - Vintage photoshop action

The Simple Vintage B+W layer is one of 6 custom curve layers operating in the LAB color space.  You can quickly paint in a little black into your layer mask to provide a variably aged look.

reddened antique layer - Vintage photoshop action

The reddened antique curve layer complements the green layer below it – if you are hoping to provide a vintage color look, the emulsions of prints tend to fade either red or green – you can custom mix them by local area or overall tonality (see green layer).

funktifier green - Vintage photoshop action

The funktifier green layer has a tone-map auto loaded.  A tone map is a layer mask that uses the same lightness values as the image, providing a green tone to the shadows of the image.  You can alter your tone map with a curve, or you can alter the curve adjustment layer to alter the hue or saturation of the green.

muted bleached sepia - Vintage photoshop action

Muted and bleached Sepia layer which lightens your shadow zones and mutes(darkens) your highlights to a ruddy sepia color.  This is your basic faded sepia look that you can dial in and customize for your image.  Double click the curve adjustment layer to open it and operate with the surgical artistic destiny of your intuition.

light leak option - Vintage photoshop action

Lens Leak layer 1 – Pay attention here folks, this is a trick to mimic the light leaks on film from old or leaky bellows.  It takes into consideration your image as it builds the effect.

lens leak option - Vintage photoshop action

Light Leak option 2 – a stronger effect of the light leak – blend it into your image for that variable look that the years of aging produce.

bleached shadows color - Vintage photoshop action

Bleached shadows color layer – this layer mimics a light bleaching of the print, a delicate darkroom process that would take you a few months to master if you were doing this 10 years ago.  It’s also an effect of the aging emulsion, so build up your taste for the effects of aging by looking at plenty of old pictures.  Good taste makes good pictures – not actions.

basic low color warm - Vintage photoshop action

Basic low color desaturation layer.

vintage film grain layer - Vintage photoshop action

Grain texture layer.

Automatic texture layer - Vintage photoshop action

Vintage texture layer @100% – mix in to taste – this is an auto generated texture, so I suggest a light hand.  Custom textures are included in the Vintage Master package.

Here’s the results of my custom vintage processing of these two example images

Powerful film-noir style bridal portrait photographer

My creative intentions were to capitalize on the dramatic eye contact and the sparkle of that ROCK.  To do so, I went completely black in the shadows, but kept them a warm, chocolaty black, the major desaturation is matched with a slight warm highlight hue – making the overall image nearly a duotone – one highlight value, and one shadow value.  I worked to channel the feminine power in the gaze, into the tonality and impression of the entire image.

Vintage style fashion bridal portrait North Carolina

Completely opposite in tone and intention, I felt the feminine grace of this pose and chose to follow that direction in my retouching.  Whereas the ring shot was sharpened by an increase in contrast this image was softened by gaussian blur and custom texture overlay from the Beautiful Blurs Volume 2.  I used the blur to focus attention on the back of the dress and hairpiece.  Overall this image never gets to completely black, and the highlights buzz with a soft lightening texture.

I hope this discussion is valuable to you as you seek to find the expression in your images.

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Don’t fear the LAB Colorspace

Totally funny video by Zeke

I mean Deke

Really – don’t fear the LAB Colorspace – it’s Zen beauty!!

Epic Styler contest winners and download

The entries are in and have been collected into a single download available in the Create Cart:

Epic Styler Contest Package

Congratulations to the winners – I think we’ll be doing this again soon!

  1. First place was awarded to Tasha Schalk with her Rock Concert actions – she’s excited to try out her Lightspeed Package!
  2. Phill Price’s monochrome lightroom preset for a moody pink tone captured the third place prize

THE PRIZES:

   

  • 1ST PLACE: LIGHTSPEED WORKFLOW PACKAGE
    Valued at $290, this prize includes a Nostromo n52 left-hand keypad, “ONE” Lightroom/ACR preset, “ONE” Photoshop Action, and tutorials. This is an awesome package! This winner will also receive a $39 credit to use toward any additional items from Neil.
  • 2ND PLACE: PHOTOSHOP LIGHT REAL VIRTUAL COURSE
    Valued at $250, this prize includes the “ONE ACTION” workflow scripts plus a 4 hour training course covering the workflow scripts and working in LAB color space. This winner will also receive a $39 credit to use toward any additional items from Neil.
  • 3RD PLACE: ONE ACTION AND GOLDEN TOUCH PACKAGES
    Valued at $79 and $49, respectively, this prize includes the “ONE ACTION” scripts and presets for Photoshop and Lightroom, plus extra training materials along with additional Photoshop actions and 30 textures. 

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Comparitive Retouch – Lighting overlay blue on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

A quick comparative set using LAB color mode and the ONE ACTION set: starting with the original file just out of raw conversion….

Comparitive Retouch original file

First we retouch the skin to taste, consider the light when you do (opensextensive skin retouch tutorial)!

Comparitive Retouch clean skin

After skin retouch we have a richer and more directional feel to the light.

Comparitive Retouch LAB - Black and White

A Black and white conversion using L*A*B* color mode for luminosity.  A very classy B+W conversion.  Once we’ve shown the client the expected results we can easily proof them something more artistic, and unexpected using Beautiful Blurs, or Lighting Overlays.

Comparitive Retouch - Lighting overlay blue

Here a basic texture file from the Bleautiful Blur Overlays – Volume 2 gives the picture a little blue juice which contrasts the warmth of the skin with a Photoshop layer mode of soft light.

Comparitive Retouch - Lighting overlay streaks

the Lighting Overlays Disk 1 streaky image, gives the image a funky modern splash on the left side when I used a Photoshop Layer mode of screen.

There are two answers to why to be creative – one is from your own motivation, the other is to sell more to your clients.  With the ONE ACTION workflow you could complete this whole series in less than 3min simply saving out a JPEG at each stage.

ONE ACTION: workflow and training . Bleautiful Blur Overlays - Volume 2 . Lighting Overlays Disk 1

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Regarding the light and retouching skin

This post in the forums at Model Mayhem caught my eye because it stressed light, even in skin retouching.

ModelMayhem.com – Understanding Skin Retouching Regarding LIGHT

First of all, Im only trying to help…. not hinder. Im addressing the small amount of people who want to learn more about the core of retouching, not how quick and easy it is….cause it is NOT.

Countless times this topic arises. Countless techniques. Impatience always prevails.

1) QUALITY skin retouching takes TIME. No quick software filters or 4-step technique applies to everything. Please reread this sentence for as long as it takes to sink in.

2) TEXTURE is about how the LIGHT affects the surface. Understand what that means  and you can understand the techniques behind pros and amateurs alike.

What do I mean about light?

ZOOM in close. For every bump, or pimple….there is DARK side of it and a LIGHT side of it. For every large pore, the same holds true.

The direction of the light determines which side is which. The “softness” of the light we use in photography determines the contrast between the DARK and LIGHT. This is why softboxes placed close to the model produces a more pleasing skin texture. Those of you who shoot with strobes or hard light will see skin texture more pronounced.

now….

The professional retoucher’s technique is to “Lighten” the DARK sides and to “Darken” the LIGHT sides — which produces and more consistent skin texture. Often they work at the pixel level with a 2px brush. VERY Meticulous, VERY time consuming. For most of us, a 4px or 5px brush would suffice.

Continue to MM to read the three great techniques using layer modes and painting the light in

Skin Smoothing Photoshop Actions

Skin smoothing photoshop action for perfect portraits and beauty retouching

Eye of the muse : retouch deconstructed

If you shot this image – would you find something in it?

Image before Retouch

Photo Courtesy of Shane Snyder photojournalist
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