To become a beauty retouching expert, it is fundamental for every artist to recognize when too much is a lot. What mistakes to watch out for and when to stop. Schooling your eye to recognize the variances between classy retouching and visually poor retouching is a must.
Below, there are six aspects of retouching that can greatly impact the quality of the images your finish.
The Importance of Skin Texture
Skin typically comprises the bulk of the time that we spend while practising beauty retouching. And is often the first aspect that can make or break an image. The physical visual assets of skin can vary drastically based on a dozen different factors. The skin tone, pore size, visible facial hair, blemishes, freckles, wrinkles, and so on.
Skin also differs in appearance on different body parts. Differences in texture, hair thickness, pore size, reflection of light, and tone are a given.
Skin texture is important, one of the most important aspects of retouching. You must take the time to understand the anatomy, and develop the perfect technique for pleasing, believable skin.
Losing Realism in Beauty Retouching
Eyes are the most magnetic aspect of beauty, portrait, and fashion imagery. Allowing the viewer to really connect with the subject. And can quite easily become a distracting component when overdone.
As humans, we often associate healthy eyes with their brightness, especially the sclera i.e. white area. While this is true, it’s very easy to overdo it and make the sclera look like paper as opposed the traditional eyes.
The same can be said of teeth, as over-whitened teeth can lose texture or realistic hues. If you paint over the teeth with a perfect white, instead of a color with a slight yellow tint to it; teeth will more often than not look gray and uninviting.
The Power of 3 Dimensions
This beauty retouching shortcoming is often a nasty associate to incorrect skin retouching. The issue at hand is when an image becomes too flat, as though everything exists on the same plane. This becomes very evident when it comes to retouching makeup. Eyebrows can look unnatural and painted, with the lips suffering a comparable fate.
Always reference the original photograph. An ensure that the depth is being added or subtracted according to the original. This will help you achieve a believable 3-dimensional appearance.
Overly Distorted Shapes
If a model has their physique heavily manipulated in photographs, the before and after images show drastic changes. Clients may request to have the image subjects slimmed down or enhanced. But, if the final result ignores all laws of physics and anatomy, most viewers can tell that something is off.
This is also not limited to the body below the neck. Many retouchers manipulate the size of the eyes, nose and mouth too. When done haphazardly, those overly manipulated features can confuse viewers. And even worse, degrade the aesthetics of the image.
Colors, Saturation, & Contrast
Color grading can be absolutely stylistic. But when colors are too vibrant or saturated in instances that don’t need it, the overall appearance of the photograph is downgraded.
Improper color management can change colors, eliminate details and add visual diversions. This may also result in the change of the intended mood and feel of the image. A high-end portrait that is color graded with green or blue highlights in the skin may make the subject appear ill. While tones that are too warm can denigrate the effort made on improving skin detail.
Too Much Detail
Great retouching is often time consuming. This specially is the case in beauty retouching. You’re removing distractions on the skin, cleaning up hair, smoothing out tones and textures constantly. And enhancing any features can take well over a couple of hours.
This can drive an exasperated retoucher to spend a lot of time on one area of the photograph, neglecting the others. Skin texture on the forehead and cheeks may look great, but look wholly forgotten around the mouth, neck and shoulders.
Committed to an elegant final product with your retouching work? Make sure that you see it through. Make sure that when that image is finally published you don’t have any second thoughts like, “I could have done this, this, and that” to improve it.
Set your pace yourself. Commit to consistent level of retouching in the entire photograph. Don’t have the time for it? Check in with us! We have over a decade’s experience in beauty retouching and have been a apart of many creative projects across the globe.