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Portrait Retouching Basics

Portrait Retouching Basics

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  • Copyright 2012
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-313691-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-313691-3

Photoshop’s retouching features can quickly improve any portrait. For the best results, remember to make effects subtle and natural looking, and to work nondestructively by using a separate layer for each type of edit. Use the Spot Healing Brush tool to remove small blemishes, use the Healing Brush tool for larger areas, such as circles under eyes. When you want to apply an effect to the entire image, you’ll work with a flattened version of the image that you’ve converted to a Smart Object, so you can take advantage of the Smart Filters; for example, when smoothing skin, you can use the Surface Blur filter, then use a mask to apply the effect to just the appropriate areas, and lower the opacity level to make the result look more natural.


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