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    Retouching photos in raw: give your portraits a pro-quality makeover

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 04/12/2012 02:00am
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    In the latest post of our Raw Tuesday series on editing raw format images we show you how retouching photos in Adobe Camera Raw can give you professional photographer quality portraits.

    Retouching photos in raw: give your portraits a pro-quality makeover

    Retouching photos – in particular, portraits – is all about making selective adjustments to certain areas of the face. It can be helpful to think of the face as a series of zones, each requiring a particular edit.

    You’ll lighten the eyes, soften the skin, boost the lips and sharpen the lashes. You might think the best place to make these changes is in Photoshop, but Adobe Camera Raw also has a few powerful retouching tools.

    In fact, using Adobe Camera Raw, it’s possible to perform a complete retouching workflow without even entering the main Photoshop interface.

    What’s more, by making tweaks in Adobe Camera Raw rather than in Photoshop, you’ll ensure the best possible quality. And because Adobe Camera Raw is so neatly organised, easy to navigate, and totally non-destructive, you may find it’s the ideal choice for enhancing your portraits.

    How to use Adobe Camera Raw’s Adjustment Brush for retouching photos

     

    Retouching photos in raw: sharpen the lashes

    Sharpen the lashes
    Paint over the lashes with the Adjustment Brush, then use the sliders to sharpen and add Clarity.

     

    Retouching photos in raw: lighten the whites of eyes

    Lighten the whites
    Carefully paint over the whites of the eyes, then increase Exposure and Highlights to lighten the whites.

     

    Retouching photos in raw: soften the skin

    Soften the skin
    Drag the Clarity slider down to soften the skin, and increase Exposure slightly to lift the tones.

     

    Retouching photos in raw: add make-up

    Add make-up
    Paint a mask over the cheeks, then introduce red with the Color Picker. Add blue to the eyes in the same way.

     

    Retouching photos in raw: enhance the irises

    Enhance the irises
    Boost the colour, contrast and detail in the irises, but keep the circular edges dark.

     

    Retouching photos in raw: improve the lips

    Improve the lips
    Boost the colour in the lips. Paint a precise mask to cover them, then increase Saturation and Clarity.

     

    Retouching photos in raw: boost the clothes

    Boost the clothes
    Use the temperature and Saturation sliders to warm the hues in the jumper. Increase Clarity and Highlights.

    PAGE 1: How to use Adobe Camera Raw’s Adjustment Brush for retouching photos
    PAGE 2: How to paint a mask

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    Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 2:00 am under Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials.

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