How to add MUSCLE with Photoshop: #95

Hi folks. Glyn here. Back with another video for you, and this
time I want to show you how you can increase muscle using Photoshop. All right. I’ve just had a bit of a sort out recently
since getting back from Photoshop World and I came across this picture on my hard drive. Now this is a picture of a guy. It’s a composite. The guy was a rugby player, obviously. This isn’t really the kind of work that I
do nowadays, but when I saw it it reminded me of a technique that I used on him, which
may be useful for you now. We’ll go through it. It might be something that you never use,
but it’s a bit of fun. It’s experimenting and playing around, just
seeing what we can do. You might be able to find something else that
you could use it on. What I’m going to show you then, let’s just
dive over to Photoshop, is how this guy here, Sam, we can actually make his back look just
a little bit more muscular. You can see here he’s got one of those, it’s
kind of like a shrink wrap top on there. Really compressing him down, and although
he did have a muscular back, it wasn’t really showing through. Here’s what we can do to give him some muscle. Now, it just so happens, over on my hard drive,
I’ve got a picture of this guy here. This is a friend of mine called Nigel St Lewis. This is from a photo shoot quite sometime
ago now. Nowadays Nigel is considerably bigger, but
this here, being the straightforward shot of his back, will work out ideal for what
we need. Here’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to get my lasso tool, and I’m just
going to make a very, very rough selection of his back. Like so. Just get the move tool and then we’ll drag
it over, hold it over the tab so we can bring it into this picture of Sam. You can see, obviously, it needs re-sizing. Let’s just zoom out a bit and we’ll go Command
or Control T to get the free transform. We’ll just re-size it quite a bit so far. To help us position it where we need it, let’s
just lower the opacity down just a touch. I’ll zoom in now. Hopefully you’ll be able to see it. You can just about see the outline of his
white top, and we can see where Nigel’s back is now. I’m just going to re-position it just a touch. Around about there, the base of his neck. This little bit down here. This bit on this part is where Nigel’s back
is. What I’m going to do is, I’m just going to
right click within here now and go to warp. Then I’m just going to manipulate it round
just a little bit. Doesn’t need to be exact, but we just want
to line it up to roughly where it would be. You can see that Nigel’s back was photographed
square on, so his back was perfectly flat toward the camera. Sam’s got a bit of an angle to him, so we
can kind of mimic that just a little bit by, when we’re using warp, clicking in one of
these right or left hand side squares and just pushing it across. You can see there, it gives it a little bit
of a twist so that it does look like it’s not square on like it originally was. You can see we’ve got the trapezius area here. Let’s just bring those up just a little bit. Something like that. That should be fine. I’m going to go through it really, really
quickly here. That’s kind of positioned quite nicely. We’ll press Enter or Return to commit that
in. Let Photoshop do it’s thing. Let’s just bring up the opacity now to 100%,
so we can see here what we have of Nigel. Now, obviously, Nigel’s back is up on it’s
own layer just here. What I need to do, although Nigel here isn’t
really tensing and it does look like his muscles have come up very defined there, we need to
give them a little bit more oomph for them to work and definitely stand out on the white
top that Sam’s wearing. All I’m going to do is go to the filter menu,
and we’ll choose camera raw. When we’re in the camera raw filter, what
we’ll do is … Let’s just zoom in just a touch by clicking down there. All I’m going to do first of all is really
whack up the old clarity. We can see straightaway that’s going to start
to bring out the detail there for us. We’ll go something like that. This lower portion of Nigel’s back here is
just a little bit too dark. There wasn’t that much light on it, so let’s
just get an adjustment brush, bring up the exposure just a touch, bring up the shadows
a bit. Let’s just bring the clarity down a little
bit there as well. We’ll just kind paint that in, because all
we need to see is just the shape of the muscle area just there. Let’s just brighten this part up here and
this part here. We can see where we’ve got the upper part
of the back is the main part we’re after, and this central bit here where the two sides,
the two lats, of his back there are joining in right down the middle. That’s good. I think actually we could use a new brush
here. A new adjustment brush. Just click on the new, and let’s just double
click on the exposure slider to bring that to zero. Double click on the shadows, and we’ll just
pump up the clarity just a little bit. I’ll paint over his trapezius here, because
this is the main area that I want to stand out on Sam’s back, and maybe down that middle
bit just there. Okay, so that’s looking good. I think we’ll also, let’s just come out of
there by clicking on the hand tool. We’ve now got the basic tab here. I’m going to bring down the saturation, but
I’m also going to go to the details tab here. We’ve got noise reduction. I’m going to bring that up quite a bit just
to smooth out, because as we’ve pumped up the clarity, it brought out a lot of detail
and texture within his skin which we don’t really want. Let’s just pump that up just a little bit. We’ll just play around with the luminance
detail here, see what else we can get. Luminance contrast. In fact, let’s go back to the basic tab there
and just increase the contrast just a bit. We can see there, really starting to make
those muscles stand out. Something like that, and we’ll click okay
to send it back over into Photoshop. It’s a 16 bit file so it’s going to take a
little bit of processing, but then we come to that there, which is kind of cool. Then, what I’m going to do is just going to
get a blend mode. I’m going to change the blend mode now actually. We’re going to go from normal and we’ll probably
try overlay. That’s going to really darken it down … Sorry,
it’s not going to darken it down. It’s going to get rid of the grey, predominantly
get rid of that grey. Already we can start to see the actual shape
here of the muscles showing up on the back. There’s a little bit of tidying up we need
to do, but we can see also we’ve got these areas going around outside of Sam. That’s when we actually did the lasso around
Nigel’s back. All I’m going to do, hold down my Alt or option
key, click on the layer mask icon to hide it, then get a normal soft edged round brush. Let’s just make sure there’s no crazy settings
in here that are going to make it behave differently than I want. We’re going to paint in a white foreground
color. All I’m going to do is just come in and start
to paint on Sam’s back to bring the muscles in where I want them to be. Certainly down that middle bit just there. Little bit on his traps. Nice bit of shadowing actually there. Quite liking that. Something like that. Now, this lower part of his back here maybe
just a little bit too obvious, so what I’m going to do, I’m going to reduce that down. I’m going to change to a black foreground
color and we’ll paint it around about 50%. Nice big brush so we get the feathered edge
of it and just brush it gently over that bit so it kind of blends it away, so it’s a bit
more natural fade into his back there. All right. Looking quite good. These areas either side of his lats, we don’t
really need those too much, so I’m going to get my brush, again with black. I’m just going to put a few strokes, just
to reduce that and reduce that bit there, because it’s mainly the middle and the upper
part of his traps that we want to work on. Let’s just bring it down. Just paint gently in there, just to take it
away just a touch. What I think I’ll also do is go to the filter
menu. While I’m actually clicking over in the layers
panel there, if we zoom in, I’m actually on the actual back here. I’m not working on the layer mask now, I’m
clicking on the back thumbnail itself. Let’s just go back out. You go filter, blur and gaussian blur. Just to smooth it out just a touch. Doesn’t need to be contrasting too hard, because
bearing in mind the muscles are actually underneath this rugby top that he’s wearing, so they
wouldn’t be that defined, but we do want them to show out a little bit. It’s almost like we’re using a picture of
Nigel here, playing around with it by making it black and white, and then using the high
pass. It’s almost like a bit of dodging and burning
on it. Let’s just bring that up. Round about 5’s pretty good, and we can click
okay. Let’s just zoom out just a touch. We could come in, maybe just reduce that,
because we’ve got the back on its own layer. Let’s take that down to maybe, I don’t know,
70% something like that. Again, it’s just a bit of experimentation
here. We can turn that on and off. We can see now how we can start to bring out
muscles that were actually there on Sam, but we can use somebody else’s to really start
to bring them through on the t-shirt there. I don’t know where you’re going to use that. It’s certainly good if you’re doing physique
stuff. You can see from the original picture, if
you dive back over into Lightroom, shift and tab to hide everything else. We can see here that I did that on Sam myself. It worked for that picture, but I’d be interested
to see, or hear rather, where you use it. You might be a physique photographer that
you might want to enhance somebody’s muscles. You may find some completely different way
to use it. Just let me know. It’s a bit of fun. Playing around. That’s pretty much it. There you go. There’s the video. Just to let you know, if you want to get the
files that I’ve used in this, the one of Nigel and the one of Sam, all you need to do is
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18 Replies to “How to add MUSCLE with Photoshop: #95

  1. Great tip, very useful.
    I use black and white + the ~ blend if ~ reduction to accent already muscled bodies but this even better.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Hey Glyn, I love your tutorials. I've been a long time subscriber and your channel inspired me to create mine. I was just wondering if you could maybe give me a shoutout or tell me how you got your channel to grow and what it was like in the beginning. Thanks man!

  3. Glyn this is great! I shoot HS sports and sometimes my lighting doesn't do what I would like (i.e. emphasize the subjects muscles) so I struggle on where to D&B. Thank you so much for this tip!

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