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[Photoshop Tutorial] Creating a Vintage Look Part 2: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

CLICK TO READ FULL POSTHappy New Year Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, be sure to subscribe to the Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

In this second part of the mini series, we will introduce some light leaks using photoshop to magically transform your expensive digital camera bodies into $30 plastic toy cameras.

[Photoshop Tutorial] Creating a Vintage Look Part 1: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

This time around we have a new post production project to work on – and that is how to create that popular retro/vintage/hipster look using Photoshop. Now we are all familiar with mobile apps such as Hipstamatic and Vignette that easily create cool-looking snapshots, and I’m sure there are tons of actions and plugins that can achieve this look. However, you can create a totally unique look to your photographs with some curves adjustment layers, custom brushes, and a little elbow grease. Let’s start with the first in this mini-series – how to add a faux cross-processed, vintagey color palette to your photograph.

Beauty Retouching Part 4 – Finishing Touches: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

This week we have the final episode of this 4-part mini-series on my approach to retouching beauty. We will be putting the finishing touches on this image to give it that polished off look. I will be using the Dodge and Burn technique I demonstrated in a previous PPT episode, as well as freehanding some lashes.

Be sure to drop by my Prep To Post workshop website at www.preptopost.com for even more information on photography, lighting, and retouching. We have a two-day Fashion Editorial workshop coming up on September 17th-18th in California, and we are also introducing a two-day DSLR Cinematography workshop on September 24th-25th. Next we will be in Hawaii in mid-October, and we have a huge event planned for the Philippines in late November.

I truly appreciate all the emails, and I am glad these tutorials have been helpful to you.

Beauty Retouching Part 3 – Detail Enhancement: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

This week we have part three of my Beauty Retouching Workflow mini-series. We will be enhancing the eyes and I will walk you through how I work with Imagenomic’s Portraiture plugin.

As always, thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

Be sure to drop by my Prep To Post workshop website at www.preptopost.com for even more information on photography, lighting, and retouching. I have a Beauty Editorial Workshop coming up in Washington, DC on August 26th, one in Hawaii in mid-October, and another event planned for the Philippines in late November.

Beauty Retouching Part 2 – Stray Hairs: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

This week we have part two of my Beauty Retouching Workflow mini-series. We will be dealing with those pesky stray hairs while preserving the natural look of the hairstyle. We put to use some of the tools and techniques from my previous PPT videos, such as the Clone Stamp set to lighten, using the Healing Brush or Clone Stamp within a selection, and using the Pen Tool to make selections.

Many thanks once more for your continued support and encouragement!

Be sure to drop by my Prep To Post workshop website at www.preptopost.com for even more information on photography, lighting, and retouching. I have a Beauty Editorial Workshop coming up in Washington, DC on August 26th, and a Twitter contest on how to attend the workshop as a VIP guest.

Beauty Retouching Part 1 – Skin Cleanup: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

This week I am excited to showcase my beauty retouching workflow for you from start to finish. I have divided it into a mini-series, and the first part will deal with skin cleanup utilizing the three tools (Healing Brush, Clone Stamp, and Patch Tool) that we went over in a previous FS PPT. I showed you the techniques, now I will show you how I put them into use. I hope to provide insight as to why I use certain techniques and tools, when I use them, and how I use them. I will also be going over how I use Imagenomic’s Portraiture in the following episodes of this mini-series, which I have been getting numerous requests for.

Many thanks once more for your continued support and encouragement!

Be sure to drop by my Prep To Post workshop website at www.preptopost.com for even more information on photography, lighting, and retouching.

Creating Vignettes with Curves: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

Today I demonstrate how to use a curves adjustment layer to introduce a vignette to your photograph in order to give more separation between your subject and background. Because you will be using an adjustment layer that has a mask attached to it, you will have a great amount of flexibility with the amount of vignetting.

I also do photography and retouching workshops over at www.preptopost.com. On June 25th, we have a retouching workshop aimed just for photographers who want to develop a more efficient post production workflow.

Photoshop 101: Basics of Layers and Masks an Fstoppers PPT by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, please to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates.

This week we are back to the very basics to help out those viewers who don’t quite know their way around layers and masks. This is a crash course on the bare essentials of what you need to know, and is just a way to get you started on the right track so you can keep up with future tutorials.

We will be back to regular programming in the weeks to come.

I just wanted to thank you all for your kind words, encouragement and support. They are very much appreciated.

Feel free to interact with me on Facebook, Twitter, and my Blog, and check out Prep To Post for my upcoming workshops.

Digital Cosmetic Surgery 101: An FS PPT By Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. I also do photography and retouching workshops over at www.preptopost.com. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

This time around I share a very simple and easy way to achieve facial symmetry in a straight-on beauty shot by cutting and pasting within the image.

It’s in our human nature to want to improve ourselves and seek perfection. you only need to peruse the front pages of women’s magazines to see the ads for cosmetics, hair care, and skin care to see how these companies feed into this pursuit of the “ideal beauty.” For the most part it is out imperfections that make us human, and also what makes us beautiful and unique individuals. There are times however, when for the sake of the client’s request, or for your own work, we aim for the supernatural, and retouching helps us get there.

I hope you enjoy watching this episode. On June 25th, I will be offering a retouching workshop geared towards photographers. We will be discussing beauty and fashion post production techniques in an easy to follow, non-technical manner. If you would like more info and to register, please visit www.preptopost.com.



Quick and Easy Skin Tone Correction: An Fstoppers Post Production Tutorial by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. I also do photography and retouching workshops over at www.preptopost.com. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

In this episode I demonstrate how to do a quick and easy skin tone correction using a curves adjustment layer. Often times we run into pesky situations where we have to retouch things like visible tan lines or other skin discoloration issues. Sometimes no matter how much prep work we do in the capture stage, we always have to do a final tweak in post. Well here’s a perfectly simple little operation that will work for those instances.



Liquify Basics: An FStoppers Post Production Tutorial by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. I also do photography and retouching workshops over at www.preptopost.com. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching.

This time around I demonstrate how I use Photoshop’s Liquify Filter. In putting this video together, I realized just how often I use liquify, whether it be to reshape clothing, hair, facial features, or even sometimes shadows. For now, we’ll cover the basics to get you started and revisit this tool in a future episode.

Clearer Skin Using Three Tools: An Fstoppers Post Production Tutorial With Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates.

In this episode, we put the last two tutorials into practice, and I share how I do a basic cleanup of skin using only three tools: The Healing Brush, The Patch Tool, and The Clone Stamp. The image you will see at the very beginning of the tutorial is the shot I did with One Beauty Light and without the use of any other tools or plugins. If you haven’t watched the previous two installations on the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp, I suggest you watch those first, and you can find them on the Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel.

You can find me on FACEBOOK, follow me on TWITTER, and keep up with me on my BLOG. I also do photography and retouching workshops, and you can find more info at www.preptopost.com.

Using the Clone Stamp: An Fstoppers Post Production Tutorial by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. In this episode, I discuss one of my most used Photoshop tools – the Clone Stamp. You may think there is no longer a use for this old school instrument what with the availability of the more sophisticated healing brush and its content aware amazingness, but it is still quite relevant for beauty retouching.

For those of you interested, I have a 2-day workshop coming up at the end of this month, where I will be discussing my experience when executing a fashion editorial from start to finish. Everything from conceptualization to post production will be explained. I will also be donating $10 towards Earthquake and Tsunami Relief for Japan for each person that attends For more info, please visit http://preptopost.com.

Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tool: An Fstoppers Post Production Tutorial by Sean Armenta

Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. This time around, we will talk about how I use the healing brush and patch tool in Photoshop. They are definitely staples of any retouching job and while they are pretty straightforward to use, I would like to share a couple of tweaks I discovered to make them work even better.

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