Simple artistic photo retouching tip and resources

 

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The trick to doing artistic photo retouching effects is to keep them simple.

In this image, I used an An image from my Organic Vignette package to bring a slight dreamy quality to the image.

I knew what I was looking for when I started, but let me outline the art theory principles behind what I ‘saw’ in my minds eye before I completed the image.

Hue

First, hue I knew that I wanted to blend and tie in the warm yellow skin tones, and the blues/purples of the grooms suit and boutonnière. The dreamlike quality of the image comes from the blended and smudged look of the tonalities so their close relationship in Hue is very important. The clever part of my texture sets is their interrelationships within the close Hue relationships-here that close relationship is yellow to orange, with a vignette in the complementary color of blue. Here is the sample image form the texture set for you to see what it looked like:

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Luminance

If you notice carefully there is a rim of natural light on the bride’s right cheek – the sunshine was coming through trees near sunset, and the bride and groom had their backs to it. So the overall contrast in the luminance of this photo is not very high – that’s good for applying a lighting effect or texture…because you can trick the viewer more easily. So it’s important to note that I’m starting with an image basically lit by open shade…nice and soft. The Hue of the overlay image is important because I want a unified color theme – but also because it creates a brighter spot of sunlight (of sorts) on her dress. That dapple of bright highlight where her hair ends and the semicircle of her necklace dips rounds out the counterpoint of her smile in the composition.  The rest of the image’s contrast is burned down by the vignette pushing the viewer’s attention to the warm emotional embrace, and the warm sunshine dappled across their embrace.

The simple steps to getting this done in Photoshop is to use a “Hard Light” layer of somewhere between 15-25%.  You want to look to smudge the tones, but not make the texture file in any way prominent to the main  image’s subject matter.

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vintage vignette antique effect high resolution texture file download

k54 vintage vignette antique effect high resolution texture file download

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Organic Vignette : Artistic Texture Set

Organic Vignette Artistic Textrure Set – buy now…click here

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

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

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!

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!

Golden Bokeh texture overlay photoshop ready stock image download

High resolution Golden Bokeh texture overlay photoshop ready stock image file

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!

Free Light Friday : 09-18-09 Vintage Textures

Vintage Texture from MakeLightReal.com

Download Hi-Res Texture file as JPG

Texture file from the Vintage Master Kit

Vintage Master Kit

  • Multiple Choice Action Set – 11 layer styles to custom mix to your taste.
  • 30 textures to add vignette, and aged looks
  • 30 authentic elements: letterforms, embellishments, page scans, and misc.
  • 18 Real postcards
  • PDF user guide with antique blending tutorials

Before Texture and ONE ACTION:

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Lighting Overlays Disk 1

The Make Light Real Lighting Overlays disk 1. Read the online tutorials to understand how they are used completely. Buy this set and get started!

High Res texture download (one click)
Free Light Friday 08-14-09

These images are retouched with ‘lighting effects overlays’
Charlotte NC Actress Headshots 35.jpg

Modern Artistic Portrait photographer Charlotte NC

Check the tutorials for ideas!

Small oval inset vintage photo texture download

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Vintage Multiple Choice Action Set

Vintage Multiple Choice Action Set The Vintage Multiple Choice action produces 11 layers for you to blend into your vintage style. The action does…
$39.00

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Free Light Friday 4-17-09

This texture will be used in tomorrows video tutorial release: vintage pinup retouching

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