This was the originalphotograph. I decided to manipulate it because I felt that different aspects ofthe photograph could be improved to enhance the image, for example, thebackground could be blurred, and the skin tone of the artist could be improved.
The first step that I took was to smooth out the skin of the artist, to remove any blemishes orspots that may be present.I did this by using the spot healing tool. Then, I inverted the photograph and changed the layermode to vivid light. Next, I added a Gaussian Blur of7.8 and a blur of high passto smooth out the picture to a degree that I liked. Next, I created a layer mask and painted on thelayer around the skin area to create a smooth complexion.
My next step was to blurout the background of thephotograph. By doing this, I hoped to draw attention and enhance the detail inthe artist’s face. I achievedthis by creating a duplicate layer and adding a Gaussian Blur of 38 and using the eraser to remove the blur across the face.
To enhance the overall look of the photo, I decided to increase thecolours in the photograph. I enhanced the red and yellow colours in the RGB spectrum in Photoshop, achieving a slightly enhanced sunlight-effect.
Next, I decided to slightly edit the artist’s lips. This was to create a more refined look for somefinishing details. I did this by painting on the colour#c34e3e and changing thelayer to ‘Multiply’ with an opacity of 30%. I thenpainted on a darker colourof #900c00, and highlights of a pale colour.
My next step was to edit the eyes and enhance the colourslightly to a brighter blue. I didthis because I thought that the colours of the whole photograph were slightly similar, so by adding a slightlydifferent colour, it would drawattention to her eyes. I felt this would be effective as it would help readers of the magazine to connect with the artist, as the eyes may now be the first thing you notice about the photograph. To achieve thiscolour, I chose a slightly lightercolour than the artist’s natural eye colour, and painted onaround the iris. I then used thedodge tool to highlight certain areas.
This is my finishedphotograph. My last step was to use Photoshop toincorporate some objects into the photo. For this, I chose some petals, as I felt this would add to the like-abilityof the artist, as it would allow them to appear as a niceperson. To achieve this, I used a photo of a petal and copied it numerous times. Each individual petal, I edited to change the shape, for example, its skew or perspective. Then, I changed the scale of each petal, and added a Gaussian blur incorrelation to its size to createdepth within the photograph.