Known internationally for his edgy style and approach to fashion photography, digital artist Calvin Hollywood takes you through his personal retouching workflow to show you how he achieves his signature look so you can take what you like, or what works for you, from his style and make it your own.
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Calvin introduces himself and talks about what he will be covering in the course.
Three main steps: white balance or temperature, change the exposure, and sharpen.
Before retouching the skin, Calvin changes the lips via flip horizontal to create symmetry. Works for the eyes and nose.
Calvin uses the healing brush to touch up the skin on a blank layer.
Using the clone stamp tool, Calvin removes flyaway hair in front of the eyes and duplicates some eyelashes to fill in some spots.
Even the skin tone with the high pass filter and Gaussian blur to soften skin and keep the texture. This can be created as an action to duplicate this process over and over.
Calvin shows you his favorite retouching tools, Dodge and Burn, and gives you a practice exercise to help your technique.
Create light and shadow to give the face depth and change shape without using liquify.
Create layer groups to keep your workflow organized and easy to access.
Use the mask mode to brighten the iris of the eye with an adjustment layer and selective color.
Calvin changes the mood and feel of his picture with the simplest aspect of his workflow that affects 99% of all his work - vignettes.
By using a selective color adjustment layer, Calvin adds a color cast to change the "mood" of his photo - a step that is a signature of his work.
Another method Calvin uses when adding his signature color cast.
Calvin enhances a picture by adding a texture overlay. Calvin has amassed a vast library of textures for this purpose and uses them creatively to add excitement to any photo.
Liquify is something that Calvin only uses 50% of the time because of the drastic changes it makes. He also uses it at the end of his workflow to give the client the option of having it in the final picture or not.
Now that 80% of his work is done, Calvin finishes up the final 20% in the only way he can - by experimenting, playing around, and getting artistic. While this portion of the lesson really can't be taught, Calvin lets you "peek over his shoulder" to give you an idea of what he does in order to help you develop your own style. Another important aspect of this step? Sleep on it.
Calvin takes you back through each layer and step in his workflow. Have fun experimenting with "Calvinizing" your own workflow and thanks for watching.
Calvin Hollywood is a digital artist, photographer, Photoshop trainer and author from Germany. He's a photography based artist who focuses on getting the perfect shot with Photoshop. In addition, he…