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Retouching Portraits in Adobe Photoshop - Quick Real World Tips n Tricks

My First Portrait Retouch

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  • Marc

    I'm new at this, so any constructive criticism and comments are welcome. This is my first attempt at a portrait touch-up. I was working in Photoshop CS3. Here is what I did in the order I did it in. 1. Lifted the subject out of the original photo and placed her on a solid black background. 2. Toned down highlights on face. 3. Brought out detail in skin. 4. Smoothed skin. 5. Removed a few minor skin blemishes. 6. Sharpened eyes, eyebrows, and jewelry. 7. Painted on lipstick and eyeliner. Thanks for looking!

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  • A former member

    Very nice!

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  • Terence H.

    wow, great job. you have inspired me

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  • Oren S.

    Often the use of photoshop is limited by not comprehending what can be done to an image. Helene shows a detailed touchup of a picture that is beyond a simple change of basic settings. It is part touchup and part creating of a new structure to the image. Changing color, distorting features and enhancing other features, background and color space. Great job.

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  • Helene D.

    Looks good I might of added a bit of shading/shadow on the right side below checcks bones of her face to give the image a bit more depth and de-accentuate her double chin without taking her character away... but other wise the subject looks good...

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  • Marc

    Thanks Helene! Shading is one thing I had not considered (I did this before our October 6 meetup where you taught us about using the Burn and Dodge tools). Great advice which I will use in my touch-ups going forward.

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  • A former member

    I wish I could be as good!

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  • Arnold K.

    I'll throw in something that is indirectly involved with that picture but is touched on here. Photoshop is only a tool. What is esthetically right, believable and even beautiful that makes the image talk is the idea. One can't say that a great car mechanic is about the wrench. Marc, your going the right way. Try taking that same image and see what else you can do to make her look better (start with Helene's ideas) and the overall situation more real. Example: like an unfocused image of a living room, with warm tones and 2f stops darker with a little edge lighting on the subject. See what fun you can have with the hair. It's all about constant practice and improvment. That's how you becaome a great car mechanic. Just my 2 cents.

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  • Marc

    Thanks Arnold. Very good ideas and advice. I'm really enjoying learning this stuff!

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  • A former member

    Thanks I wish I could be as good as you I am going to try and see what I coud do and learn.

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  • Karen

    Great job, Marc!

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