Pixelmator tutorial: Retouching Portraits

As I’ve been learning about and creating art, I’ve realized that no art is void of worldview. In other words, every piece of art I see, hear, or create is somehow shaping or testing my worldview. I am doing this tutorial about retouching portrait photography, and I am forced to ask questions about my worldview. What is beauty? What makes something or someone beautiful?

In order to answer these questions, we have to look at our worldview and what we believe. In popular culture today, beauty is categorized by a certain look. A certain height, weight, hair, skin-tone and voice. As a Christian, I seek to look for answers to questions of worldview in the Bible. The Bible says that beauty is fleeting (or vain). It says that God is the fulfillment of all that is beautiful. In other words, everything that is beautiful here, is only an imperfect reflection of the beauty that is in him. The Bible also says that beauty is found inside our hearts and actions and that beauty while good, (1 Corinthians 11:15, Proverbs 20:29) it is not to be worshiped or held in supreme honor as the ultimate display of beauty.

Now, let’s learn how to get rid of those annoying zits 🙂

Please note that I’m using a program called Pixelmator, on a Mac, but practically all the shortcuts and interface layout is identical to Photoshop or Photoshop clones. If I say a keyboard shortcut like “Command J”, and you are working on a Windows computer, you typically press the control key instead of the command key. So on a Windows computer, the shortcut would be “Control J”.

This tutorial is designed for moderately experienced users, so please don’t be overwhelmed if you don’t get it right away.

if the video doesn’t show up, try hitting refresh…I don’t know why it does that 😦

Here is the before and after

Image taken by Godfer

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