Fashion Photography has developed a lot recently. People are hiring models and showcasing their collection of fashionable dress using images. A photographer here plays an important role while capturing the images.
A photographer uses different photography equipment and techniques to capture flawless photos of the model. But, some flaws within the model’s skin or the background or anything might still get seen in the images. This is where everyone needs the help of an image retoucher or editor. Some photographers can also edit these photos using different photo editing techniques for example –
In this article we’ll tell you about some mostly used fashion photo editing tips and techniques using Photoshop. It will help fashion industry to grow and increase conversion for sure.
Fashion Photo retouching using frequency separation
Open Photo in Photoshop
First step is to open the fashion photograph in Photoshop. There are two ways of doing it. First way is by dragging and dropping the image. Second way is by opening it from file option. You can simply drag a photo from your folders and drop it on the canvas of Photoshop. You can also click “Ctrl + O” to open an image in Photoshop.
Skin and Texture Layer
After opening the image on Photoshop you’ll see that it has become the background layer. Copy the background layer twice using “Ctrl + J”. Then you will get two copied layer of the background layer. Now rename one of the layers as “Texture” and another one as “Skin”. This way you will have a skin layer and a texture layer. Now we will use Photoshop to retouch the skin of the fashion model using Frequency separation method.
Gaussian Blur on Skin Layer
On the skin layer we’ll use the Gaussian blur filter. This filter will make the skin of the model softer. To apply the Gaussian filter go to the filter > Blur > Gaussian blur. With the help of the Gaussian blur effect the uneven skin with spots will get even with the skin. To make the skin even some settings are needed to be done while applying Gaussian blur. It is given in the next point.
Gaussian blur setting
Increase the Blur quantity using the slider. Keep it between 9 to 10 pixels. This way the skin will look even and the holes on it will disappear. Use the slider properly keeping in mind about making the skin as even as possible.
Apply image on Texture Layer
After making the skin even using Gaussian blur we’ll now have to create a texture over it so that the important details shows up. For this we’ll need to apply image on the texture layer. To apply go to image > apply. You’ll need to set few things up so that this method is properly applied. The settings are given in the next point.
In the apply settings keep the layer as the skin layer. Change the blending mode to subtract. Keep the scale 2 and offset 128. Then click Ok to apply image on the texture layer.
Linear Light Blending mode
After applying image on the texture layer you’ll see that it has a grayish color which is kind of destroying that image. To change this color and make the texture on the image look suitable we will have to change the blending mode of the layer. To change the blending modes go to the blending mode option on above the layer box. Change the normal mode to linear light blending mode and you’ll see that the image now has softness on the skin and the other parts are sharp.
Copy Skin Layer
Now we will have to make a copy of the skin layer to retouch few parts of the skin that still has some flaws. To copy the skin layer press “Ctrl + J”. The skin layer will get copied.
Fix the skin using Healing Brush
To fix the flaws from the skin we will need to heal them. For this purpose it is best to use a healing brush. It will take a sample of the skin that is perfect and will fix the skin portions which have flaws. To choose the source skin click on “Alt + Left Click” and then using just the mouse and left click fix the flaws from the skin.
Use Brightness and Contrast Adjustment Layer
After fixing the skin tone use the Brightness and contrast adjustment layer to give a finishing touch to the image. It will help you to brighten up the face and the color contrast properly. To take the adjustment layer go to the adjustment layer option at the bottom of the layer tab and choose brightness and contrast. Then using the slider, edit the skin tone and retouch the image properly.
Before vs after
Here is the image we had before and the image that we got after retouching the skin using frequency separation technique.
Fashion photo Color correction
Open the Image
The first step as always is to open the fashion photo on Photoshop. You can use two options for it. The drag and drop or the open images from file option. I prefer the Drag and drop option. To open images simply go to the folder which has that image drag that image from the folder and drop it on the Photoshop canvas. This way the image will get opened on Photoshop. If you want to use the file options then go to file and choose open option to open the images or click “Ctrl+O”. Using any of the method you can open the fashion Photograph on Photoshop.
Take a Path Layer
Then in this step you will have to take a path layer to create an outline of the dress. This will help you to change the color of the dress later. Even though we are going to change the color of the dress, we must run through one photo retouching procedure which is clipping path. However you cannot do clipping path without taking a path layer. There are various layers in Photoshop which assists you to do diverse editing using Photoshop. Path layer is one of the layers which help you to do a fussy editing
You have to draw clipping path in the Path layer. To take the path layer, go to the layer panel and click path. You will get another box. Now go down and click on the square icon next to delete option from the right. You will get a path layer by doing that.
Create Clipping Path
Since you have already taken the path layer, now you are going to create a clipping mask on the path layer. When you remove the background, you draw the clipping path over the entire dress by creating an outline. But here, we are going to do slightly different thing.
We have to draw the clipping path just over the dress we want to change the color of. To do that, we need to select the finest tool for drawing clipping path. Here, we have selected the pen tool. It is the most consistent tool to draw clipping path. To activate the pen tool, press ‘p’ on the keyboard or click on the pen icon from the tool bar of Photoshop. After activating the pen tool, begin drawing clipping path over the dress. You have to be very careful while doing so. So that you don’t cut any part of the dress or you don’t include any body segment too. So you have to do that very carefully. Close the anchor points after creating clipping path over the dress.
Make the Selection
The most common thing in Photoshop is to make the selection after drawing the clipping path above a subject. Here we will do the same in order to adjust the color of the cloth. As we have successfully drawn the clipping path, now it is time to make the selection of the selected area. To make the selection, click on the path layer we have worked on. Now press ‘ctrl+enter’ which will enables the selection of the path area of the photo. You will see many dots moving around your selected area. That indicates that the path you have worked on has been selected.
Select Hue and Saturation
After selecting the paths on the dress you will now have to change the color of the dress. There is an adjustment option named the Hue and saturation. This option helps us to change the color of the dress using sliders. To start editing using hue and saturation go to the Image > Adjustments > Hue and saturation. Then using the sliders chooses the color you like on the fashion dress.
Adjust Hue and Saturation
While adjusting the hue and saturation keep in mind what the three sliders do. The first slider changes the hue of the selected area. Hue means the tone of the dress you want to get selected by hue. Saturation is the slider that helps you to increase or decrease the density of the hue you want on the dress. Lightness selects the amount of light on the area selected. This way using the three sliders you can adjust the Hue and saturation. This will help you to change the color of the dress for fashion photos.
Before vs After
Here is the image before we changed the color and after we changed the color. You can see the difference by yourself and decide how much effective Photoshop is for editing fashion photos.
Background Removal of Fashion Photo
If you are a fashion photographer or runs a fashion based business, it is very important to showcase the fashion photos perfectly. Background plays a vital role to make the fashion photos perfect. If the background of the fashion photo is not convincing enough, the entire fashion photo goes waste. It is not possible to change the background physically over and over again. For that reason, photo editing background removal is the best thing to apply. You can change the background of your fashion photo anytime you want to, if you know how to do that by editing photos.
Here is the easy technique of Removing the Background of Fashion Photo below.
Open the Photo
In my technique of removing background of fashion photo, the first simple thing I’m going to talk about is importing the photo in Photoshop. You cannot do anything without opening the photo in Photoshop. It is obvious that you have to open the fashion photo to edit in Photoshop. There are two techniques you can use to open the photo in Photoshop. Automatic and manual are two processes of opening the photo in Photoshop.
In manual way, you have to open the Photoshop application. Go to File>Open. Select your required photo item from the windows and press enter to open. Your desired photo will be opened in Photoshop. And the easiest technique of opening the photo in Photoshop is the automatic way. You just need to go to windows and go to the file location. Click on the file and drag it to the Photoshop icon. Make sure that the Photoshop remains opened.
Select Pen Tool
There are lots of tools in Photoshop works in many ways. You have to know about the essential tools for background removal. There are plenty of tools which are used for removing background. Pen Tool, Marque Tool, Eraser Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Lasso Tool etc. are mostly used for drawing clipping path. Clipping path is the best way of removing the background of fashion photograph. To draw clipping path over the fashion photo, I will select the pen tool. Pen tool is the most easy to work with. To activate the pen tool, go to the tool bar and click on the pen icon showing on the tool bar. Or you can simply press ‘p’ on the keyboard to activate the pen tool. Most of the successful photo editors use pen tool to draw clipping path and remove the background successfully.
Draw Clipping Path
Clipping path is a well known photo editing technique in the world of photo editing. You know what is the use of clipping path? Well, it is used for removing the background of any photograph perfectly. So here, we are going to draw clipping path over this fashion photograph to remove the background.
As we have already selected pen tool, we are going to draw the clipping path with pen tool. Using pen tool put the anchor points at the right places. We have broken the anchor points when there were some curves. At first you have to draw the clipping path over the object outline. As you can see that there are a few loops inside. Create clipping path on the loops as well.
Make Quick Selection
After getting the work of clipping path done, you have to make the quick selection of the drawn path area in order to remove the background of fashion photographs. To make the quick selection, keep the path clicked and press ‘ctrl+enter’ doing that you will see that many dots are moving around your object you have created the path over. That indicates that the path has been selected. To remove the background, press ‘q’ on the keyboard. Doing that, you will get a fresh new background for your fashion photograph.
Before vs After
Here is the image before we changed the background and after we changing. You can see the difference by yourself and decide how much effective Photoshop is for editing fashion photos.
Fashion photographs have to be glamorous and perfect so that the people get attracted towards the photos easily. If you do not publish perfect fashion photographs or you publish photos with flaws, you can no way get good response. To boost the conversion rate of your fashion photos, you should go for fashion photo editing. And to edit the fashion photos, you should apply these fashion photo editing techniques.