Photoshop Image Retouching Tips

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Photoshop is an insanely popular image creation and editing program. A versatile tool, there are people in many industries who find this software to be a vital necessity for their art, work or hobby.

While Photoshop has become every graphic designer and web wizard’s best friend, it has become synonymous with photo editing and retouching. There are other programs available for these sorts of functions, but Photoshop has become the gold standard that is essentially a household name.

The photo editing ability is one of the things that excite people about Photoshop, drawing them to the program. Many people want to edit their photos, making images of themselves and their loved ones look as lovely and flawless as possible.

You can do this with Photoshop, but it isn’t easy. People spend a lot of time learning how to retouch images in a polished, professional way, and even these highly trained and very experienced individuals are known to make mistakes.

The following tips are not mistake proof, but they are edits that you can try now. These image retouching tips can help amateurs get started, making their photos more picture perfect.

Remove Dark Spots and Blemishes

This is one of the main reasons why people want to touch up their photos. If done wrong, it can look ridiculously fake and obvious. If done correctly, it can look lovely, flawless and natural.

Use the Spot Healing Brush to take care of dark spots and other small discolorations. This tool takes samples of the area around the spot you are correcting, and then it uses them to replace the area inside the brush.

You will want to adjust the brush size to make it a bit larger than the spot you are trying to edit. Position the brush over the area and single click to make the spot disappear.

Play Up the Eyes

You can give eyes more depth, making them more dramatic and noticeable quickly and easily.

To do this you will want to start by making a duplicate of the background layer and set “Soft Light” as the blending mode for this new layer. This will darken the image. Next, hide the rest of the layer except for the eyes by going to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All. After that, on the layer mask, use a white brush to paint inside the eyes. This will reveal the more dramatic, dark eye area of the layer.

Smooth Skin with Surface Blur

Not everyone has smooth skin, but it seems that everyone you see in professional photographs does. You and your family can have perfect, smooth skin as well.

To do this, use the Surface Blur tool. Start by duplicating the original background layer. You will need to apply the Surface Blur settings to this duplicate layer, and you will want to lower the opacity of this layer 70% to create this flawless effect.

Eliminate Red Eye

This is so easy to do, there is no reason your family album should be filled with glowing red eyes! This is the number one reason why people want to edit their photos. Adobe is aware of this and knew that this feature would have to be an integral and simple feature for their image retouching and rendering program.

If you are using Photoshop, removing red eye couldn’t be easier. There is a red eye removing tool, and depending on the version you are using, it may be right there on the left tool bar for you.

To use this tool, you simply need to select it. Then you position the cursor over any red or otherwise discolored eyes and single click the area. The subject’s eyeballs will instantly become of a better, more natural color.

About Kevin Moor:
Kevin Moor writes for different sites, the main task of which is to find a perfect disk cleaner.

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2 Responses to Photoshop Image Retouching Tips

  1. Pavan Somu says:

    Thanks for the cool tips.

  2. Stag Weekends says:

    I am a beginner for macro photography (I use a simple Canon digital camera that is kind of old) and I am wondering how I can use Photoshop to enhance the photos and make them look nicer.

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