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A virtual manicure for online selling

Jan 17, 2009

While my poor fingers have started recovering from the recent rampage of my “piquitin” habit, the photo shoot of my latest wallet for the shop left something very clear: I need a manicure. AND. There’s no way in hell that I could ever list a product for online selling with such horrible fingers as models.

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See how terrible it looks? So not professional? So not deserving of buying anything from this finger–picker?… Something had to be done… So I gave myself a manicure. A virtual manicure, that is… With my good old friend, Photoshop.

The Process

Step 0

Observe the hideousness. Promise to self never to do it again.

Step 0

Step 1

Use the healing brush tool to scrub all loose skin and magically remove the nasty scabs remaining around the nail. While the tool is out, use it a bit more to clean the cuticles and remove all hangnails. The clone stamp tool may be needed to put back details lost by our intensive scrubbing actions.

Step 1

Step 2

Use the polygonal lasso tool to select a small area over the nail where the light will reflect beautifully over our virtually gorgeous glossy healthy nail. Fill the area with white and lower the opacity of the layer until the nail shows through and it looks like it has a natural shine.

Step 2

Step 3

We may need to use the eraser tool with a very low opacity in order to remove a little bit of the glossy effect right above the cuticle.

Step 3

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for a second (smaller) coat of clear nail polish.

Step 4

Step 5

Admire the beauty of your virtual fingers. An image to shoot for, one day, when the time budget for grooming gets a little more generous.

Step 5Final image

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One comment:

  1. On Jan 18, 2009, Petie wrote:

    That’s so cool!