How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 7-9
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.
PAGE 1: Setting up your summer portrait: working with your model
PAGE 2: Shooting your summer portrait: best camera settings and what you need
PAGE 3: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 1-3
PAGE 4: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 4-6
PAGE 5: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 7-9
PAGE 6: How to enhance and retouch your summer portraits: steps 10-12
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