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Up Next in Surreal Portrait Retouching Workflow

  • Frequency Separation

    Use the Frequency Separation action with the clone stamp tool to create a surreal skin aesthetic.

  • Dodge and Burn

    Moving to the second image of the series - Bluebird - use Dodge and Burn to accentuate the shadows and highlights of the image. Create more dimension and emotion to the work. Push the character further into an artistic rendering with painting to accentuate the makeup and achieve a painterly aesth...

  • Color Grading

    Apply a variety of color elements to create a surreal and painterly finish to the image. Utilize Selective Color to create a matte effect, curves to enhance vibrancy, contrast and saturation. Apply a gradient to further enhance the style of the character’s face.