How to Edit Selfie
Now days many women takes selfies every day. But just some of them really look professional. To make selfie outstanding you need to make outstanding photo by itself, or you can use some editing tools like Photoshop to achieve the best result. If you want to have your Instagram or Facebook profile memorable and stunning — this selfie editing step by step tutorial will help you to achieve that.
For newbies. Needless to say, that Photoshop is very powerful and most popular photo editing program around the world. Actually, it’s the Number 1 photo editing software. No Doubts. Yes, it’s a paid software. But as first timer, you can try it for free. There is a trail version.
This tutorial will help you to edit your boring selfie into amazing art. All you need some basic photoshop and listening skills. Also, at the end of the article will put some workflows with the same method. Plus, I will edit current image.
So you can skip this step by step guide and go straight to the video. Sure, there are many alternatives for adobe photoshop, but this article not about alternatives (Anyway, it will be mentioned in the bottom of the article)Follow my lead.
Ways to Edit Selfie
Focus on eyes, lips, nose, chins. But remember, all cultures has different understanding about beauty. For example. Most of the western countries people like to look at each other eyes and lips. So you must focus on editing them. But focus parts can vary from the location you live. There was nice article on buzzfeed back in 2014 about different beauty standards. It shown in this image:
That’s why there is not global standard for photo editing, especially — selfie editing. But anyway, even in that image above, you can see, that main edited parts are eyes, lips, chins followed by hair, skin tone.
Adding some jewelry can be an option, but I wouldn’t recommend it, except you’re pro. (Even pros sometimes has a hard time doing it)
The Best Selfie Edit APP?
You might have searched internet asking questions like: Best selfie editor? Best selfie app? Best selfie editing apps? Easy photo editor? Filters for selfies? How to make beauty selfies? (I took this info from google adwords)
Well, I’m not Google, but the answer is simple — once again, best selfie editing app/software — Adobe Photoshop. So, forget apps, if you want to have a pro gallery in your social profiles or you want to print your beautiful photos.
Let’s Begin Editing Your Cute Face. Preparing Selfie.
For this selfie tutorial I will use random shot from Unsplash. (It’s a free source of amazing photos) I chose this photo because this bar environment looks like from real life, so it will be very nice for editing.
1. Open Your Selfie in Photoshop.
Your phone cameras making very big files way bigger than needed. So we need to reduce file size keeping the same quality. Sure, you can edit your selfie in full size, but anyway, it will be reduced while uploading to your social networks. Sometimes they reduce size too much, that pictures look really bad. To avoid that just make square image, that will be suitable everywhere. Follow parameters like in image 2.
1.1. Create a New Document
- Document type – Custom
- With – 1080px
- Height – 1080px
Instagram square image size is 1080px on 1080px, so we are using this image size as selfie edit standard.
1.2. Create a New Guide Layout
Go to view › new guide layout. We create guide layout, because we need to apply very important thing in photography — rules of thirds. But You don’t need to think about it, when you are having fun and making random shots. Anyway, pro’s would recommend doing it.
1.3. Guide layout with 3 rows and 3 columns.
Create a new guide layout. It split rows and columns to equal parts automatically.
1.4. Duplicate your original selfie to our new made document with guide layout.
1.5. Adjust image, that it’s fits rule of thirds.
Hold ”shift” key and using mouse adjust to the position you want.
1.6. Clear Guide Layout.
2. Begin to Edit Selfie.
Let’s begin to edit selfie. At first, duplicate main picture using CTRL+J (PC) CMD+J (Mac). Lock the first layer in case you will make mash everything later on. Then create a new adjustment layer called Curves. See image below.
2.1. Locking and duplicating main selfie.
Lock the main selfie using “Lock” icon. We are doing it, because by mistake we can mess everything later.
2.2. Applying adjustment layer − Curves
2.3. Applying screen blending mode
Choose blending mode as screen.
2.4. Making layer mask black.
Click on the curves mask and using “CTRL”+”BACKSPACE” change curves background from white to black.
2.5. Adjusting brush size and opacity.
Using “[” and “]” you can adjust brush size you want. Brush opacity around 10-30%. I would not recommend to use more than 40%.
2.7. Softly brush market spots.
So using brush tool highlight selfie areas I’ve mentioned in the beginning of the article. In this case eyes is the most important part. Do not overdose this effect because after this selfie edit you image would look like a doll edit.
2.8 Black and White
Make new black and white adjustment layer. Make it on multiply mode.
3. New shadow/highlights layer
Using CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E make a new layer. Then go to Image›Adjustments›Shadows/Highlights. Play with amount of shadows. Do not make more than 60%, selfie will look unnatural. Highlights leave as it is. Hit OK.
4. New layer. Dodge and burn.
Create a new layer using Using CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E. Using dodge tool brighten the same areas as you did in 2.7. step. Make exposure 10 to 30.
5. New layer. Unsharp Mask.
Create a new layer using Using CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E. Go to Filter›Sharpen›Unsharp Mask.
- Amount › up to 50%
- Radius › up to 20 pixels
- threshold › 0
6. New layer. Levels.
Create a new layer using CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E. New adjustment layer. Levels. Play a little with levels bars. Every photo is different, so you need to check which settings is best for you.
7. New layer. Gradient map.
Create a new layer using CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E. New adjustment layer › gradient map. Choose black to white gradient. (You can experiment with other colors). Make blending mode as soft light.
You can try adding one more gradiend map using the same actions. Just play with it.
Final Selfie Edit Result
Easy to Edit Stock?
Well, I’ve got your point. Here you can see how I we edited my awful face after morning running when there was -21°C / -5.8°F outside. Even my lips become cracked. I didn’t change a lot, cause I wanted it to look natural. I took me up to 5 minutes to edit it using the same method you just learned. Imagine what you can do after spending 1 hour!
So here is final result:
My last tips: Do not overdose effects, because selfie will look terrible. Always remember to credit authors, because they hard work should be appreciated.
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