Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Converting from 16 bit to 8 bit, part of Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Beauty Portraits.
From the moment you open an image to process through Capture One or through Camera Raw, …you begin the process of setting up your image for retouching. …In this chapter, we will go over how I set up an image. …Setting up an image correctly is crucial in setting the tone of the image and its workability …as you go through rounds of revisions with your client. …These are the steps I take for introducing images to the world of high fashion and its …partner scrutiny. …As you can see here I have this image in 16-bit depth. …I process in 16-bit depth, because it gives us a much better starting point as opposed …to just starting an 8-bit.…
Although Photoshop is much more workable in 8-bit, and we will be converting to 8-bit, …the transitions between pixels are much smoother when you give yourself this starting point. …I also make a couple moves in 16-bit that help preserve the integrity of the pixels …such as unsharp mask, which I'm going to do right now. …So Filter, I go down to Sharpen and I go right to Unsharp Mask, and I start with this formula …
Next, Timothy delves into several core aspects of retouching—skin, hair, clothing, and body shaping—providing real-world insights and Adobe Photoshop techniques. The course describes ways to enhance eyes and lips, selectively sharpen portions of a photo to draw attention to them, use masks to change the color of clothing, and more. The course concludes with details on how to evaluate your work.
- Working on color, contrast, and tone
- Managing layers
- Removing imperfections with the Clone Stamp and Quick Mask tools
- Using soft and hard brushes to clean up hair
- Refining the eyes and brows
- Plumping lips with Liquify
- Finalizing the color
- Finishing with Dodge and Burn