5 Incredible Ways to Retouch Portraits

I’m sure you guys have taken plenty of selfies right? But even with those “beauty” cameras or apps, sometimes you still need a bit of retouching action to your photos. And that’s where software like Photoshop works best! It is jam-packed with tools that can make photo retouching fast and easy! You can do just about anything to any photo with a few short clicks so here are 4 awesome ways to make use of this design powerhouse!

1. Remove Pimples, Moles, and Freckles with the Patch Tool

Everybody wants clear skin. Whether you’re a celebrity or just a regular person, clear skin is a sign of health and vitality. In today’s tech forward world, there are many apps that can give you that healthy look, but usually it comes at a very blurry cost. (Image used: 30425084)

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Not every tool works best in different scenarios. When the Patch Tool doesn’t work, always try out the Clone Stamp Tool (S). With the Clone Stamp Tool, you can create a stamp of any area, and use it to paint an exact clone on any other part of the canvas. This tool especially comes in handy whenever you want to clean things up a bit. (Image: 43725344)


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3. Perfect the Color Harmony

Ah, young love. Photos should always tell a story. One of the best ways to make that story real is to understand the impact of color. Here we’ll change her bright blue shirt to match the dark blue hues of his plaid shirt. (Image: 17630250)


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Are things looking a little pale? Usually you can add blush or lipstick to make colors in the face more vibrant. But this only works before you start taking photos. And sometimes intense lighting setups can wash out your model’s face, making it look as though they have no makeup on at all, or are even sickly.

Combat this in post processing by adding a little color with blend modes. Let’s take a look at this model for example. (Image: 30636072)


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Instantly turn any photograph into a shampoo commercial. Create healthy shine for the hair and skin by using the Dodge and Burn Tools. (Image: 18208378)

First use the power of Dodge to add intense light to the hair. Create streaks of shine by using soft linear strokes that follow the original lighting setup.


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Then follow up with a little Burn for more dimension and shadow. These tools combined quickly give you an incredible result that will take your photos to a whole new level!


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