Photoshop Magic

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Rachael Ryan, a junior at USC, is dressed as a housewife from the 1950s. In these photos, she portrays a woman that is strong and powerful, yet feminine. The photographs were taken by Betsy Pippen in USC’s J-School Studio.

This week, we were given the above photograph to correct in photoshop. We learned about the steps in which we should tackle this project. The first step, after rotating the image if need be, is to decide if the photo should be cropped. For this assignment, I decided to crop the photo so that the viewer was drawn to the subject’s face instead of getting lost in the background. The second and third steps are to adjust the lightness, darkness, and color cast of the photo. The original photograph was underexposed, so I brought the brightness levels up. Also, I adjusted the color cast so the subject’s skin looked warm after bumping up the brightness.

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Rachael Ryan, a junior at USC, is dressed as a housewife from the 1950s. In these photos, she portrays a woman that is strong and powerful, yet feminine. The photographs were taken by Betsy Pippen in USC’s J-School Studio. Edit by Sam Wolf.

The next step was to make sure the subject was lit properly. I adjusted the lighting on her face and her arms so the shadows were not so harsh. Also, after bumping up the brightness, I had to bring down the brightness, using curves, on the right side of her face so the details of her face were not over exposed. I also did this to her hair for the same reason. After fixing the lighting, I removed any blemishes from the subject using the clone tool. I also used the clone tool to remove any stray hairs that stood out in the background. Finally, I sharpened the image using an unsharp mask and then flattened the layers to reduce the size of the file. The above photograph is my final product.

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