I need someone to do retouch for my company on an ongoing basis. The first is 50 images as a test run.
Here are the steps we normally follow. I understand that photoshop has a million ways to do retouch but I have done this for 9 years and this is the way I want it done company wide. I am need of a consistent product. All retouches will be done using the method described below. Our average retouch times here in the lab are 3 minutes an image with the technique below. Larger families take 5 minutes.
We do anywhere from 60-120 retouches per every two weeks. We will allow a 48 hours to complete all work. It is uploaded every Tuesday night by 6pm (CST) You will need to have them back by 6pm CST the following Thursday.
ALWAYS Duplicate layer (ctrl+J) first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-- Use the Clone Stamp (S), set to Normal 100% percent opacity, 60% hardness to remove stray (fly away) hairs.
-- Zoom in on teeth (200%). Magnetic Lasso(L) the teeth and Selective Color (Alt+I, A, S) to fix discoloration on teeth. Take the yellow out of the white channel and the neutral channel (if needed). (For pits and stains on teeth use the Dodge Tool (O), set to Midtones at 50%)
-- Dodge tool (O) here to lighten the whites of the eyes. (If needed, shrink the brush and use it to take discolored spots out of eyes.)
-- Sponge tool (O) (notice the shortcut is the same as the dodge so be careful to change tools!) to saturate the colored part of the eyes. Use tool at 20%, make sure vibrance mode is on. Go over only one time!
Patch Shine, Under eyes
-- Patch Tool (J), then fade to 40% to remove shine on skin. Always use patches of the solid background.
-- Patch Tool, then fade to 50% to remove under eye circles on skin.
Face & Neck
-- Patch Tool (J) tool for retouch at 40% to eliminate any creases in the forehead or soften major wrinkles on face and neck (They will mostly be in the lighter areas of the skin).
Portraiture(filter by Imageomatic) (not necesarry for the first run of images but if you are selected as one of the retouch artists you will be required to get this software and we will be sure that you will be provided with more than enough work to pay for it.)
-- Portraiture (Ctrl+F will run last filter) on a new layer (ctrl+J) at Medium Smoothness. Fade the new layer to 50%
-- Use the Eraser (E) Brush at a low opacity to slightly revert portions of the image. This is to make the image look more realistic, especially older people. Erase portraiture over eyes 100%.
Tip: Always work left to right on every image.
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
J Patch Tool, Red Eye Tool, Spot Healing Brush, & Healing Brush
B Brush Tools
S Clone Stamp Tool
E Eraser Tools
O Dodge Tool, Burn Tool, & Sponge Tool
L Lasso Tools
ALT + I, A, S Selective color
CTRL + M Curves
CTRL + U Saturation
CTRL + B Color Balance
CTRL + L Levels
CTRL + J Duplicate current layer
CTRL + F Run most recently used filter
[ Make brush smaller
] Make brush larger
CTRL + S Save--USE FREQUENTLY!
SHIFT+CTRL+S Save As...
SHIFT + select Add to selection
ALT + select Remove from selection