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How to do portrait retouching in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

How to do portrait retouching in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 

Lightroom

Join me as we explore how to do portrait retouching in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. We’ll use the Develop module not only to make global adjustments, but also local adjustments and best part is that all of these edits will be non-destructive.

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A Few Reasons to Attend Scott Kelby’s Seminar

A few reasons to attend  Scott Kelby’s Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded Seminar Tour:

I have been a  member of KelbyOne (previously NAPP) for MANY years. It’s a one stop for everything: training, inspiration, community and much more.

Yesterday I attended Scott Kelby’s latest seminar in Atlanta. As usual  there was a LOT of information, tips and tricks along with his GREAT sense of humor that makes learning FUN. The seminar atmosphere made it easy to adopt a TON of  information without being overwhelmed.

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Importance of Daily Digital Exercise

Importance of Daily Exercise

 

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I found that daily exercise is very important for many reasons. Daily exercise helps with exploring/developing  new techniques, polishing your skills, pushing your artistic vision into another higher level, and teaches you how to be productive and not to be stressed under the “less time” pressure.

Adobe Photoshop Daily exercise: try to have 20 minutes every day to create something new in PS. its not supposed to be too complicated or perfect. Try to composite 2 or 3 images together (and the best practice is to composite random images, not images that you thought will be good with some composition. Just choose images with absolutely different style, schemes and start working on your  Photoshop composition).
Photoshop Painting: try different styles of painting every day. Don’t spend more than 20-30 minutes and you don’t need to finish your painting if you don’t have time. Just practice with brush strokes, colors, try different brushes.

Photography: simply keep your camera next to you all the time. See something > take the shot. Different light, different angles. Try it and you will see a huge improvement just in a few days!

Mobile Apps: what could be easier?!!! You have your mobile devices with you all the time! So Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Photoshop Mix and Adobe Photoshop Fix. Try them and you will be impressed with your improvement just in a few days!

Traditional Painting: use any paper you have. Don’t try to finish your masterpiece every day. Exercise with different brush, pencil strokes, composition.

Shooting for Adobe Stock using Westcott LED

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Shooting for Adobe Stock using Westcott LED

I am a professional photographer and digital artist. I am using Adobe Stock images every day with most of my digital imaging workflow, tutorials and etc. I love Adobe Stock because it’s easy to use and I am able to find any high quality image that I need in no time. Also  I am very happy about  being able to contribute my own photography, digital imaging I create to Adobe Stock.  Last week I desided to do a still life photo shoot ( fall inspIred colors) to submit my images for Thanksgiving season. I did set up a  small “home studio” setting and used a Westcott Flex Light LED 10″. I used Wesfcott LED continuous lighting before during my portrait session along with the Westcott Eye Lighter and I decided to try it with my still life  session. I loved everything about their LED lights: quality of lightning, being able to control the range of lightning. I can mount the Flex Light LED anywhere and on almost anything including a chair, light stand, door, table, just name it and most of all I can take it anywhere with me when I travel. It’s very flexible and I don’t worry about extra space in my backpack (as usual I don’t have any space at all), I can fold it and use at any location at any place with any type of my photo session. My Thanksgiving Stock Images ( for now )

My in Studio Gear List and On the Go Kit

 

Victoria Pavlov Studio

 

I’ve been asked many time which apps and equipment I use in my studio or when i am travel.  So I decided to put together my studio equipment list and on the go kit.

Studio kit:

Adobe Creative Cloud Full plan 
iMac
Wacom Intuos
iPad
Adobe ink
Nikon D600
Westcott Rapid Box
Wescott Eyelighter
Tripod
iPhone 6 Plus
Microphone
Easel
Arkon_Mount TWBroadcaster

 

On to go kit:

Adobe Creative Cloud Full plan
MacBook Pro
Wacom Intuos
iPad
iPhone
Adobe Ink & Slide
Nikon D600
Westcott LED
Tripod
Arkon_Mount RM179

Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

Freedom

 

The first and most important rule that all artists and photographers should know is The Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is the key to create the right balance.

Divide your painting surface, document scene into 9 parts (two horizontal  and two vertical lines).  And now you have a grid (same as we have through our camera’s viewfinder). Now you need to decide where are your points of interest.  Try to position your points of interest  near where the lines intersect.

P.S. ONE REMINDER: REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE WOKING ON A PORTRAIT IMAGE …DO NOT MAKE YOUR IMAGE LIKE A MUG SHOT OR PASSPORT IMAGE. Portraits should not be perfectly aligned in a middle of your canvas/document. Make some space..make imagination flow…

Freedom

Freedom

 

From “traditional” to digital painting

I always believed that we have reached the point that there are no more boarders between “traditional” and digital art.  Using Moleskine and Adobe apps we can jump from a “traditional”  pencil painting to digital painting using Adobe Photoshop CC.

I started my project using the  Moleskine Smart Notebook (Creative Cloud connected )

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Using the FREE  Moleskine, a Creative Cloud connected app I took picture of my sketch . The image was saved in my Creative Cloud folder.

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And I finished my project in Adobe Photoshop CC  using a Wacom Tablet

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Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Medium Tablet (PTH651)

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display (DTK1300)