HADA sent this picture for the Auto Show 2013 Houston Chronicle special section. I am not sure if the mouth was stretched and the clipping of the hair is so badly done it is annoying. The detail of the suit is totally gone and also the sleeve look very weird. The background is very dark and plane, it makes the portrait look artificial. I lighten up the picture and bring back the details, clipped once more, refined and soften the edges and sculpted his face. I used a lighter grey gradient for the background and a glow to add depth.
This is the request that started all my car photo retouching. It is composed of nine layers, with the pen tool I draw path that will limit the areas that I wanted to retouch and then I draw gradients and change the blend modes to multiply, screen or overlay depending on the effect that I wanted. The last thing I did was to select the silver objects, like the door handles, the Lincoln symbol and the car model and put the on one layer on the very top. Also I draw the pin stripe.
I know that if you look very close the car will look fake but once placed on the cover with the background and heading it is very hard to perceived with a naked eye. It was so absurd to me, everybody knows that shiny surfaces reflect the environment, and cloning something like this will end up in a big smudge. Still people think that you can do everything in Photoshop.
It is a quite a complicated process considering how small the details are. I start drawing a path of the windows that are on the back of the windshield. Then I apply gradients and change the layer blend modes according to what it’s needed, sometimes multiply, other times overlay or screen. Since you want to cover the cars that are see through but nor the car inside, then I do same process with the windshield. The requests are very annoying considering this is an used cars magazine, and they are done within a less than an hour deadline. But I have always have them done on time.
This an example of photo retouching glass and light reflections in a car. The light reflections aren’t quite correct with the light but it is better and it can be placed in InMotion magazine.