10 Tips and Tricks for Retouching in Photoshop

10 Tips and Tricks for Retouching in Photoshop
Duplicate your layer then grab the Patch tool, if you're using CS6 or above, choose Patch: Normal in the Options bar, then make a rough selection around the hot spot. Drag the selection to a clean area of similar tone to remove the hot spot completely. Next, press Cmd/Ctrl+H to hide the marching ants, then go to Edit >Fade Patch Selection (or press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+F) and lower the Opacity to about 40% to reveal a toned-down hot spot.
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5. Change Body Shapes

Every portrait photographer knows there are certain things you can do to make a person look slimmer. For example, getting a person to lean forwards or shooting from slightly above the face will reduce double chins, crossing legs while standing or making an L-shape with the feet will lead to a more forgiving body shape, and shooting into the 'dark side', i.e. having your light source behind and to the side (see the image) will make a face appear thinner. I know it's a touchy subject, but slimming with Photoshop is just another method for making a person look their best. I'm not talking about huge shifts in body shape, but a few quick nips and tucks to reduce bulges, shrink chins and trim flab. The best tool for the job is the Liquify tool. It's very easy to master. Simply go to Filter>Liquify and use the Forward Warp tool to start moving pixels around. Of course, what you do depends on your image. Here, a quick tuck to the underarm bulge and the angle of the waistline, is all that's needed.
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6. Beautiful eyes

Most photographers will agree that  the eyes are the principal part of any portrait, so it pays to make a few subtle improvements to give them extra sparkle. Here, we'll concentrate on the essentials of eye enhancement, but if you want to take it further you can do a lot more - change the colour, add a catchlight, apply makeup, even make them larger. It can be useful to think of an eye as a set of four elements: pupil, iris, whites and lashes. Each element requires a different set of tools. I want to boost the tones inside the iris, darken the pupil and iris rim, lighten the whites and sharpen the lashes. Subtlety is key here, so don't be afraid to lower the layer Opacity of any effect to tone it down.
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7. Clarity Skin Smoothing

You may think of Camera Raw (plugin for Photoshop) as merely a Raw converter for your camera files, or a place to make a few tonal tweaks before opening your image into Photoshop. But delve a little deeper and you'll find a host of incredibly useful tools and settings. One such setting is the Clarity slider. When dragged to a positive value, the Clarity slider increases midtone contrast, which can be great for teasing out detail in your images. But drag it to a negative value, and you'll get a wonderful softening effect that works brilliantly over skin. There's a Clarity slider in the Basic Panel, but crucially, you can also use it in conjunction with the Adjustment Brush (which is another ACR gem) to confine the softening effect just to the skin.
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8. Crop in and tilt

It's best to get composition right in-camera, but when it comes to photographing people you're often working with moving targets, which can make framing slightly more tricky. You're also usually trying to coax an expression or reaction out of your subject, which means concentrating on what is or isn't included in the frame may slip down the list of priorities. Luckily, with modern sensors being the size they are, we can get away with a bit of post-capture cropping in Photoshop.

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8 comments on “10 Tips and Tricks for Retouching in Photoshop”

  1. Really outstanding. I'm glad to be here and I'm really happy to place this as a resource like it. Once again very helpful.

  2. Very nice tutorial. I usually try and do these minor things myself, but often times end up messing with the photo more than a couple of times.

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