Blown out and completely dull turned into a magical dream night!
Eye glass glare
To reduce the glare while taking your photo is to angle your glasses or your chin slightly downward. To reduce the double chin effect is to stick your chin a tiny bit forward while tilting down.
Photo Art preparation
Make sure you pick the highest quality photo you want to use; clarity, sharpness, less noise the better, even lighting etc. Depending on how large you want the final product to become, the file size should be larger than 1MB. If a professional photographer took your photos be sure to send over the original(s) or at least photographer edited images. Once these images are brought into Facebook or other apps they eventually lose quality and shrink dramatically.
Have HUGE files? Open up a free dropbox account where you can upload large sized files.
Then send me the link to the file so I can download.
Head swap - Make sure you send me multiple shots of the same pose during the same photo session and lighting situation. The head you want to swap must work with the position of the body also. For opening eyes or replacing other facial features, the photo used to replace must be in the same angle and similar perspective as the 'bad' photo.
*TIP!* When photographing your session make sure to snap a BUNCH of shots per pose so feature swapping will be flawless.
Composite of text and graphics - Make sure all graphics and images are either purchased from stock agencies or the cost of a stock photo will be added to your total.
Stock photos - When purchasing stock images to use with some text and graphics and want to print it around 8x10. Then I highly recommend around 2700x1800px which will be around 3mb filesize. *TIP!* Here are some awesome free photos you can use. www.freelargephotos.com This site has low priced stock photos www.freedigitalphotos.net WARNING! Never use a photo that has a logo on it. It is illegal to have it removed by any retoucher.
Removing/replacing distractions - If there's a tree coming out of your subject's head consider it gone. You can replace it with a textured sky. If there's something in the way send me several images that could work as a replacement and I'll pick the best.
*TIP!* When at a session, take photos of the background/setting before your subject enters in.
*Another TIP* Make sure your areas are clear of distractions like twigs, cigarettes, random leaf, etc before your photo session which means less editing.
More helpful tips will be added periodically....