Photoshop Lab Color: how to retouch images for a professional finish

Photoshop Lab Color: how to retouch images for a professional finish

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 11-12

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 11

Burn the Lightness channel
Highlight the Background layer in the Layers palette, then go to the Channels window and click Lightness. Grab the Burn tool from the Tools palette and set Range to Shadows and Exposure to 10%. Zoom in close, choose a small soft brush tip and paint along the lines and shadows to gently darken.

 

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 12

Dodge the highlights
Switch to the Dodge tool and set Range to Highlights and Exposure to 10% before painting with the tool over the lighter parts of the face. Continue working over the face (especially the eyes) with the Dodge and Burn tools to emphasise detail. Use the ] and [ keys to resize your brush tip as you go.

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 1-2
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 3-4
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How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 11-12
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How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 15-16
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 17-18

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