Ap­ply dig­i­tal makeup

Be a dig­i­tal makeup artist like James Pater­son, us­ing Pho­to­shop to en­hance your por­traits

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Give an im­age ex­tra im­pact and colour by adding ‘cos­met­ics’ in Pho­to­shop

At the risk of stat­ing the ob­vi­ous, ap­ply­ing makeup is a job best done be­fore you shoot a por­trait. But if that’s not an op­tion, or if you want to try out a dif­fer­ent style af­ter the photo has been taken, it is pos­si­ble to make up your por­traits in post-pro­duc­tion with a few sim­ple Pho­to­shop skills. Take this im­age: we chanced across a colourful graf­fi­tied wall, which made a per­fect back­drop for our por­trait. We then added our dig­i­tal makeup to com­ple­ment the back­ground colours.

In this tu­to­rial we’ll show you a host of dig­i­tal makeover tricks. Us­ing Lay­ers, Blend Modes and Brushes, we’ll add eye shadow, blusher and lip­stick to our por­trait. We’ll also re­touch the face by soft­en­ing the skin and boost­ing the eyes. And while noth­ing beats the real thing, dig­i­tal makeup has one ad­van­tage over the tra­di­tional method: it means we can change the colour or strength of the makeup when­ever we like, sim­ply by edit­ing the layer. Here’s how it’s done...



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