Today I want to give you a quick look at what retouching went into my recent Nesting Swan picture.
Now, I say quick because, well…it actually was…maybe 5 minutes of retouching to take the file from out of camera to final picture, which was especially cool as I was away on holiday at the time:
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Those of you who know me will be aware that up until last year I didn’t really like using plug ins; not because they’re bad or anything like that but because when I first started out I used them too much and started to de skill myself and rely on them too much. So I ended up getting rid of them all and starting from scratch, studying Photoshop all over again.
Anyway, things are a lot different these days and I’ve actually come to love plug ins again but because I use them only at certain parts of my retouching.
So let’s take a look at what steps went into the Nesting Swan:
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- 1) Out of Camera
- 2) Nik Color Efex Pro: Tonal Contrast + Cross Processing + Darken / Lighten Centre
- 3) Photoshop CS6: Add more contrast using Unsharp Mask Filter
- 4) Photoshop CS6: Oil Paint Filter
- 5) Photoshop CS6: Patch Tool to remove distracting feather on left side of image
- 6) OnOne PhotoFrame 4.6 Professional Edition
And that’s all there was to it; 6 steps taking the out of camera file through to the final image, taking maybe 5 minutes in total.
So what about you…do you make use of any plug ins during your work flow? If so…which ones are you using and why?
Plug Ins can really help to add those finishing touches to an image and are great if you have a large volume of images to edit if you’re a Wedding Photographer for example.
One thing I like to make sure though, especially as someone who teaches Photoshop, is that I can replicate the results I get in a Plug In by just using Photoshop, plus being able to do so helps keep me on my toes…if you know what I mean 🙂
Anyway that’s all from me for today so if you have any questions / comments then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below. In the mean time though whatever you’re up to have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,
•Nesting Swan on 500px [Link]
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