As long as portraits are taken, they will undergo editing with photo editing software to modify the body, clothing, and facial features. The most commonly used method is ‘liquify.’ Additionally, I also focus on enhancing shadow manipulation because skillful shadow editing can yield better and more natural results than liquifying, resulting in a more visually appealing final outcome.
In the example shown, shadow areas are typically handled first and then followed by a final step in liquefying.
First, identify the issues I believe are present: wrinkles on the clothing, shadows, shadows on the arms, and edges of the arms.
These are just small issues. The bride herself has a figure that is already very close to the conventional perception of perfection, and the clothing selection is also excellent in terms of style, fit, and cut. It’s just that due to the lighting and changes in posture at the scene, there are a few more shadows on the body and the clothing.
Shadow area: After eliminating or lightening the shadows on the creases, there will no longer be a wrinkled feeling here.Understanding that wrinkles form due to shadows, and shadows are also a crucial factor in influencing the three-dimensionality of an object, removing or lightening shadows will cause the three-dimensionality and wrinkles to disappear or fade.But it’s not about completely eliminating all shadows. Don’t forget that the current position still has the presence of the chest. A chest shape without shadows looks very strange and fake when viewed, so it is also important to retain some of them appropriately during photo editing.
Liquidation part: Naturally, it means adjusting curved lines to smooth and flowing curves, appropriately enlarging and reducing the necessary parts. Pay attention to avoid excessive deformation of the background due to liquidation and excessive adjustment of the lines. This is a step that requires time and a sense of touch.The key is to moderate and avoid excessive adjustments, as they are easily noticeable.
One of the key points in photo editing, in my opinion, is not to overly process.
Like cooking, editing is like the seasoning process, where no matter how many types of ingredients are used in a dish, the direction of seasoning is to blend the flavors of each ingredient together, or to enhance the desired flavor of an ingredient to make it more pronounced. This kind of dish will have a perfect combination of color, fragrance, and taste, making people want to indulge in it.
Editing works the same way – it doesn’t require too much processing. Just a little retouching, a little softening, and a little adjustment can enhance the score of the image by five or six points. The viewers won’t feel anything unusual or strange, they will only find the visuals very pleasant and attractive.
I was a bit worried about finding examples, but luckily I came across this picture. No need to blur the face or censor the eyes (which would make it look like someone in trouble in the news). Besides, I’m afraid of not explaining the example clearly and also offending the person being used as an example.