Nine times out of ten, I also use some form of texture. You can create your own by simply taking photos of walls, cracks, canvases and fabrics. I usually convert those elements to black and white and place overtop of my work. Then, choose which blending mode works best and use curves again to achieve the desired effect.
While there is an array of possibilities when it comes to techniques while retouching, ultimately it comes down to granting yourself permission to simply create and experiment. Allow yourself to be brave and step outside the box—you might be surprised by what you dream into existence! Be brave enough to put your stories out into the world, regardless of what you have been told is acceptable or not. Despite a lack of gear or lack of knowledge, find your voice. Stop and take it all in. Breathe, and just create. The world is ready for your retouching magic and your storytelling.
Kelly Robitaille is a photographer, retoucher and artist who lives and works in Ontario, Canada. Kelly’s distinctive style coined “Surreal Retouching” focuses on creating an out of the box artistic experience utilizing storytelling, post-production andphotography. Kelly is an award-winningphotographerwhose work has been featured at The Gallery At KelbyOne, in Photoshop User magazine, Maria Menounos’s female entrepreneur of the month, Shondaland, and as an instructor at Pro Edu. Her retouching can be seen in People magazine, Billboard , and The Hollywood Reporter, among many others. website: kellyrobitaille.com instagram: @kellyrobitaille
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