A&P What's a good PP checklist and where do I start

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  1. siniquezu

    siniquezu New Member

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    I know lightroom has the basic stuff such as color adjust, temperature adjust, saturation, brightness, contrast, detail etc. What else is there? I can only think of smoothing the skin, sharpen the eyes, bring in some vivid color :dunno:
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    if you want to define 'your style', you need to have your pictures have the same look. So once you have a setting you like, I'd suggest not going too far from that. Great place to start... the 600 presets I posted a few weeks back
     
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    Yeah I have those. Thanks! So what you're saying is create a "style" first?
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    ya, basically. Look at different people and see how similar their style and PP is... then pick out some that you like and would use often and grow on that. I'm still in the process of doing that, but I'm a lot better than I used to be. :dunno:
     
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    :werd: and the best way to develop your own style is to "play". Just get into the programs and play with them. Use and learn all of the tools. As your skills progress you will inevitably develop your own view of how your pictures should look.

    A simple starting point... if you have an image you want to print and dont have time to "play" would be to take advantage of the auto settings and presets.

    1. auto white balance... do you like the results? yes, proceed... no... undo
    2. auto tone... do you like the results? yes, proceed... no... undo
    3. resize, sharpen, export

    Once you start getting creative/experimenting with techniques that are more advanced post your pics here for honest (usually harsh) criticism.
     
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    how do I edit skin without smoothing it too much?
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    i use a action from tet's thread called portrait pro or something.

    lets you basically paint on smooth skin at any opacity :bowdown:
     
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    siniquezu New Member

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    I saw this on potn and was wondering how it was done
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    if I had to guess, Photoshop
     
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    Might be photoshop. I think you could get similar results in LR with the spot removal tool, and the graduated filer set to soften skin.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    skin smoothing can be done a lot of different ways

    a "popular" one is to apply a gaussian blur to the whole photo, then mask out the areas you want to be sharp like eyes and mouth.

    There are actions on various sites...some free and some not...that will do all the layers for you and then you just have to paint.

    There are plugins such as portraiture that do a lot of work for you and give you sliders to mess around with to fine tune your settings where you want.

    Here's a website with a shit ton of free photoshop actions: www.atncentral.com

    you'll have to dig through them yourself and see what works and what doesn't work for you.

    if you're looking to learn a good process watch some podcasts from thedigitalphotographyconnection.com search for one about his 10 step workflow I think is the episode. It walks you through his workflow and suggests the things you should do and what order to do them in etc.
     

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