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10 Quick And Simple Retouching Tips For Photoshop
Edit your photos fast with the easy to apply techniques you'll find in this Photoshop retouching tutorial from Adam Smith at Photoshop Daily:
Smooth skin on the fly
Duplicate your model layer, applying Filter>Noise>Median at a Radius of 3 pixels. Apply a 5-pixel Gaussian Blur, then a layer mask. Invert this and paint to it, with the brush opacity determining the effect strength.
Believable eye edits
For a natural look, duplicate your model and then apply the Patch tool under your eye, selecting the deepest line. Simply decrease the duplicate layer’s opacity to determine detail.
Facial contours create shadow. Softening this will clear complexion. Apply a Curves layer, highlighting the skin. Choose Blending Options, hold Opt/Alt and drag your underlying slider all the way. Invert your mask and paint to this to reveal effects.
You can easily fill gaps in hair lines, eyebrows and eyelashes by simply copy and pasting in surrounding areas, then applying a Darken blending mode to integrate. Mask treatment cleans up obvious edges.
The Healing Brush
This is your weapon of choice when replacing blemished and completely treating under eye areas. Work with the directions your skin textures to create natural yet clean looks, maintaining pore structure.
A straightforward effect for getting those pearly whites. Simple apply a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set to Yellow. Set Saturation at -100, Lightness at 100. Invert your layer mask and paint to your teeth.
Selective Color is a great way to target specific image tones and enhance their richness. You can apply these on a layer-by-layer basis, targeting image areas with layer masks.
Used attentively, this Photoshop tool can amend shape and alignment of facial features such as eyebrows, nose, lips, the jaw line and contours of the face.
High impact skin gloss
Duplicate your retouched model, setting an Overlay blending mode. Apply an 8 pixels Radius High Pass. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+Shift+E, applying Shadows/Highlights>Highlights Amount and Tonal Width, at 25%. Holding Opt/Alt, split your Blending Options>Blend If white slider to create effects.
Trust in Curves
To enhance localised contrast I use a combination of Curves adjustment layers and layer masks, from the traditional S-curve to Curves optimised for highlights, midtones or shadows.
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