March 13th, 2011

cranky

How can I get rid of The Very Shiny Nose™

Lately I've noticed that subjects in many of my images have very shiny noses. It looks like a result of the lighting in the venues where the pics are taken. There are examples here and here

I'm using Photoshop CS5 and I've tried using the burn tool as well as tweaking the shadows/highlights in an adjustment layer, but nothing works. If anyone has an idea as to how I might go about taming this persistent beast I would love to hear it.

Thank you so much in advance.
dair

how to use the smudged tool for negative space icons?

i see a lot of beautiful, simple icons like THIS, THIS or THIS but no idea how to get the ultimate effect right. my problem is the smudged tool part - there are no details on how to use it, how to get a matching color in the picture that you want to use in the whole icon. when i use the color picker, the color doesn't match and even if it does? i still end up with an awkward cut-out like this - it's clear that the image of the girl is pasted on as opposed to seamlessly blended like the examples i showed.

i'd love it if anyone told me what i'm doing wrong, gave me tips on how to achieve a similar effect on this or just how to make negative space icons/the smudged tool in general. i've tried to find out on my own and it's a tough style to master. ty, and i'm sorry if this end has been asked recently.

i use photoshop 8.
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