For this editing blueprint we are going to look at some different tones and hazes to create gorgeously toned, creamy, soft and hazy looks, followed by a fairly semi-rich edit.
Bloom, Antique Pearl, Dull to Dazzling, Bland to Brilliant, Flushed Haze, Flawless Face.
Here are some variations.
Original – Unedited
1 – Bloom 60%
2 – Antique Pearl 35%
3 – Dull to Dazzling Default
4- Dull to Dazzling with tweaks: Airy Haze turned on, Center Spotlight turned down to 30% opacity. These tweaks tone down the brightness and punchiness to keep the image on the softer side.
5- Flushed Haze 45% opacity. This pulls down the shadows and gives a warm haze to the image. I thought it fit the feeling of the image with her serious demeanor and the softness of the pose. Try to think about the overall feeling your subjects are giving with their body language and facial expressions when deciding what sort of processing effect will work with your images.
On the Flushed Haze layer in the Layers Palette, I’ve painted over her face with a soft, 30% opacity black brush (on the white layer mask) to conceal a bit of the Flushed Haze from her face, bringing back some of the darker details of her face.
These next steps are totally optional and I highly recommend that you proceed lightly… don’t overdo it.
The first image is how her eyes and lips look currently. They are just a bit flat and could use some gentle punch.
6- Here, I’ve played Rosy Cheeks + Lips, Blue Eyed Beauty and Gorgeous Green Eyes. Using a 5 % opacity white brush on each of the action’s layer masks, I’ve pained in the respective colors. Lips were saturated with pink, eyes were given a slight color punch with hues of blue and green. A little goes a long way. I felt her lips and eyes were feeling slightly flat. The enriched color helps to bring more oomph, without going overboard.
7 -Variation 1 – Finishing touch: Flawless Face masked with a white brush onto her arms and face.
Variation 2 – Here’s the same edit with the Flushed Haze action layer turned off to eliminate the pinkish haze.
Variation 3 – And again, the same edit with Flushed Haze turned on and then Bland to Brilliant was run at 85% opacity to give a nice rich, clean punch.
Simple editing, taking literally 2-3 minutes, a few possible outcomes with minor adjustments. As always, it’s all in the combination of actions; tones and hazes making all the difference here. It’s simple and quick and you can do it!
Thank you to Melody White Studios for the use of her image.