Photoshop Retouching: a really simple tutorial for making every portrait perfect

Photoshop Retouching Made Easy: a really simple technique for making every portrait perfect

When it comes to portraits, everyone wants to look their best. But with today’s high-resolution SLRs, every spot, blemish and flaw can appear in startling detail. There are of course a few shooting techniques you can use to minimise these, such as bouncing light with reflectors to avoid strong shadows, and using off-camera flash to control the direction of the light to complement the model. However, you don’t need to get bogged down with different techniques and equipment to get great portraits, because Elements has a range of tools specially designed for seamless Photoshop retouching.

Photoshop Retouching Made Easy: a really simple technique for making every portrait perfect

In this Photoshop retouching tutorial we’ll start by taking a look at how to make the most of a portrait’s colour and tone within Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), before moving onto Elements’ powerful retouching tools.

Our start image

Taking a look at our start image, above, you can see that it has a cool colour cast, and while the overall exposure is good, the skin tones are a touch light and lacking in tonal detail. In the first few steps we’ll look at how to use Adobe Camera Raw to quickly remove this unattractive cold cast, warm the skin and adjust the exposure to create a more striking portrait with deeper skin tones and detail.

Once the raw adjustments have been made we’ll take a look at special Photoshop retouching tools in Elements and how they can be easily applied to instantly brighten eyes and teeth, as well as quickly remove unwanted spots and blemishes.

So with your portrait ready, let’s give it a go.

Click here to go to Step 1 of our tutorial.


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