Release those images from the restraints of a 4 sided box. With some simple masking tools and making your own frame, turn a 2 dimensional image confined by 4 sides into one that appears more 3D and defies the limitation of normal photography. This effect which is often refered to as “Out-of-Bounds”, is easy to achieve. All that you need is a couple of layers in Photoshop, a little creativity and somewhat of an idea about perspective.
I first came across this style of art about 10 years ago from a site which held weekly photo shopping contests. It looked so complicated at the time, I had to know how it was done. Luckily, on the same site, someone was gracious enough to share their techniques. Turns out, that it really isn’t a time-consuming task at all. I have finished several images over the years with this effect and have always received positive feedback and inquiries on how it’s done.
After receiving many requests on “how it’s done”, I put together the following video demonstrating the basic techniques that I use.
The key is to begin with an image that portrays a strong element of perspective. Then analyze the portion of the photo that you would like to have extend beyond the new bounding box or area that you will be applying. Careful placement of exactly where the new border, or frame will go can mean the difference between a lot or a short amount of time spent masking and making shadow layers.
The same technique can be applied to and image where your new ‘bounding box’ is text or shapes. The concepts are the same.
Good Luck and Happy “Shopping”. Remember: Think “Outside the Box”.
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A High End Retouch usually involves many hours of fine tuning, tweaking, color adjustments, dodge and burning, sharpening, hair fixing and much, much more.
The process to finish this image was well over 4 hours. Check out the video at the bottom of this post as I cram it all into a slam-bang presentation of under 2 minutes.
I find that symmetry is very appealing to me. As much as I tried to focus most of the work to be captured on camera, There’s always lots of unexpected details that I missed. Unfortunately that translates to more time in post processing. I was slightly hurried during the shoot and failed to notice the most obvious error of her hair not being behind her shoulders. Just that one element alone could have saved me about a half hour worth of work. The key is to take your time shooting and try to notice all of the details that you would be fixing later on.
You Have the most Beautiful eyes…”How do you get them so clean and sharp?” It’s a question that I am asked on a frequent basis.
One of the most overlooked facts about a good capture of an eye is that it contains color noise. So it makes sense to me to try to smooth out some of the apparent speckles that are causing color shifting and cloudiness over the iris and pupil. Although the eyes may look fine at 100%, If your finished image is going to be presented at a huge size, it is imperative to have the clarity which best simulates what your eyes see in the natural world. There are varieties of plug-ins which will give fast, fantastic results, however the manual control of the already available tools in Photoshop give you much better results because you can fine tune the balance between smoothing the colors and sharpening the details.
Watch this 5 Min demonstration of one of the many techniques I use.
Before any noise removal is performed, it is highly recommended to correct any color changes that need to be done first as well as removing color casts. (Subscribe to my blog and keep a look out for upcoming videos and posts about color correcting and color cast removal techniques.)
The key to having the eyes look their best is to have the finished product looking as close to real life as possible. There is no “Magic” one step, to this or any finish. Photoshop is all about taking 2 steps forward, one step back. And the day you realize that Photoshop is not software designed to correct images but rather a toolbox for changing the color of pixels, that is the day that you are liberated from the mindset and you are well on your way to becoming a retouch artist. The face is already an exquisite subject to photograph. To alter its shape or any part of its shapes such as the eyes and nose, cheeks, chins, necks or mouths, should be kept down to minimum if not at all. Instead, fine tuning what is already there most often gives the best results as far as realism goes.
I plan on updating this blog on a regular basis with more “how it’s done” videos covering a variety of subjects related to high-end photo finishing techniques. Skin smoothing, texture retaining, how to fix fly away hair, wrinkled clothes, and many more subjects. So please subscribe and you will be notified every time that a new blog post is published. Feel free to share and comment as well as request a subject which you have questions about. Thanks for reading and “Happy Photoshopping”!
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