Hi and welcome back.
I seem to be becoming a bit more of a gear blogger as of late.
Well, with that, if you haven’t checked out Totally Rad Actions Pro Retouch V.2: you should!
I absolutely abhor retouching, I mean I hate it! Removing stray hair, sharpening eyes, softening skin: this is what I hire a retoucher for!
But, I recently discovered and bought Totally Rad Actions Pro Retouch V.2, and I have to say I have a new-found liking, not love, of retouching as it’s never been easier!
If you like actions, check out Totally Rad as they have my four favorite actions of all time: Bitchen B/W, Luxe Hard, Boutwell Magic Glasses, and Troy.
Actions are used in Photoshop. In the actions palette you simply select what you want done and presto, chango it’s done.
Here’s a sample screenshot of the Pro Retouch action palette:
The actions are color coded so you can get to work quickly.
Here’s a hint: go to the Totally Rad website and watch a video to get started. This is what I did. I also took notes as to what was being used and now I have a quick-start list of what to do first, second, third, etc…
Here’s my initial image:
Here’s my process list:
- Foundation lite
- Deblotch medium
- Magic eraser
- Eye makeover
- Iris lightener
- Clean eye whites
- Hair shine
- Lucious Lips
Then I used Totally Rad’s Luxe Hard, ran the action, then dropped the opacity to 50%.
That’s it! The great thing about the action set is that each action exists as a layer, so you can paint the effect in wherever you want it and then drop the opacity to increase or decrease it’s strength.
Here’s my finished image that took me about 2 minutes:
This shot was taken with:
Nikon D3, 70-200 vr, SB800 with a Rogue 1/2 CTO warming gel
Check out Totally Rad.
That’s it for now. Till next time, happy retouching!