Retouch Basics for Graphic Designers and Photographers

Retouch Basics for Graphic Designers and Photographers

Step 25

If is needed, you can decrease opacity of created layer to 59%.

Step 26

Now you'll make eye iris. Add new layer. With soft, big, blue (#115279) brush, fill eye iris.

Step 27

Change blending mode to Color Dodge - iris will be brighter and more saturated.

Step 28

To avoid flatty color of an eye, add new layer. use small, soft brush and dark-brown color. Draw edges of an iris.
Now you can change its blendnig mode to Overlay.

Step 29

Add new layer. With small, brown brush make lashes longer. Use pressure opacity of brush to more real look. Arrows will guide you, how to draw lashes strokes.

Step 30

Time to make a lips! Add new layer. Create rough fill of lips. Use soft, pink brush - I used cold tone of pink, because I think it suit best for her.
Change blending mode of this layer to Soft Light.

Step 31

To give full lightning of her lips, add new layer and with soft, white brush draw strokes of light.
If you like this effect, you can leave, but I changed blending mode of this layer to Hard Light.

Step 32

Now you should make facial features harder. Add new layer. Pick soft, big brush, with dark-beige (#ac7d79) color. Fill edges of her face, add some strokes on eyelid.
Now change blending mode to Multiply - it will naturally fill her face. Decrease opacity to 51%.

Step 33

You'll make hair! In retouch is really important to increase the volume of hair. You can use simply strokes from Photoshop presets (1-2px), or you can find brushes to make hairs. Hair brushes:
At first, you should make a darker base of hair.
Then, you should draw highlights on hair.
At the end, you should add neutral color of hair - to great blending.

Step 34

Add new layer. Pick soft, big brush, and set #9faf36 color. Draw dots on earring and necklace. It will add spectacular light from gems.
Change blending mode to Soft light, decrease opacity to 50%.

Step 35

Add adjustment layer with brightness/contrast.

Step 36

Now decrease saturation, by adding adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation.

Step 37

Now you'll make contrast bigger by adjustment layer with Brightness/Contrast.

Step 38

Optional, but really nice - add adjustment layer with color balance.

Step 39

At the end create new layer. Choose Sharpen tool and draw on the edges of her face, on her hair, on her nose, lips and eyes. Model will be more realistic and eye-catching. It's very important to do this at the end - otherwise you can make colours and sharpen ugly.

Final Results


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Tutorial by msRiotte

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16 comments on “Retouch Basics for Graphic Designers and Photographers”

  1. Ich hatte der Zeit nur mitbekommen, er sollte sein amateur dreier Studium Amerika gemacht und Japan für einen Elektronikkonzern gearbeitet haben.

  2. Directions are very unclear. Fragmented sentence and simple directions does not provide the correct way to navigate through photoshop at all. I was very hard to follow these directions without knowing every single little tool in photoshop. Photoshop fucks you up if you don't have everything exactly correct.

  3. Looks just like an advertisement! Very well done. This has certainly given me some good clues into photo retouching.

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