How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 7-12
07 Remove spots and blemishes
Select the Dodge tool. Set Exposure to 10% and Range to Midtones, and paint over the eyes to brighten them. Click with the Spot Healing Brush tool to remove small spots, then use the Patch tool to remove larger blemishes.
Set Patch to Source in the Options bar, make a rough selection around a blemish and drag it to a clean area of skin; the blemish will be replaced with the clean pixels, and the tones of the ‘patch’ will be blended with the surrounding skin tones.
08 Clone out the strap
To remove the bikini strap, select the Clone Stamp tool, untick Aligned in the Options bar and carefully clone out the strap with adjacent pixels. You’ll need to align the cloned pixels precisely along the edge of the neck, and where the dress is casting a shadow. To help blend in the cloned pixels reduce the brush hardness, and optionally reduce the brush opacity.
09 Enhance the eyes
Next we’ll enlarge the eyes slightly to counter the subject’s slight squint. Zoom in on the eyes and go to Filter > Liquify. Select the Bloat tool, and in the panel on the right set Brush Size to 260, Density to 60 and Pressure to 10. Click a few times on each eye, with the brush centred on the pupil, to enlarge them.
How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 10-12
10 Boost the smile
Next select the Forward Warp tool, and set the Brush size to 80, Density to 50 and Pressure to 50. Click on the corners of the lips, and pull them up a touch to exaggerate the smile. When you’ve done this you may need to retouch the skin around the lips so the lines and shadows remain realistic. OK the filter.
11 Tone down the glare
To tone down the patches of reflective highlights on the skin, select the Brush tool, and right-click on a skin tone that’s a little darker than the highlights to sample that colour and make it the foreground colour. Reduce the brush opacity to 10% and set the hardness to 0%, and brush over the highlights.
12 Enhance the lips
Use can use the same technique to enhance the lips. Sample a pink/red from the lips, reduce the brush size to around 30 pixels and brush over the highlights. When you’re happy with the image, save it as a PSD file if you want to keep the layers intact.
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