In this tutorial, I’ll show you several quick and easy techniques for retouching portraits using Adobe Photoshop.
There are entire books written on retouching portraits—many books in fact. This tutorial does not aim to substitute all that information. Rather than spending a lot of time on many individual steps in retouching photos, this tutorial aims to provide a quick overview of several techniques.
We’ll be working with this photograph:
You can save your workspace as a preset for quick editing in future jobs.
Go to Edit->Preferences-> Performance and set the history states to 50.This will give you more flexibility as you can go back and see your progress and/or improve any of the techniques you have used.
If you find Photoshop running much slower, revert to your default setting.
Molding Features with Liquify
The Liquify tools are incredibly useful in molding features without destroying too much information. Watch how I apply it do several areas of the model below:
First I open the Liquify panel ( Filter->Liquify ), choose the Forward Warp Tool and use it to push the jaw a bit inward. I repeat this process with the neck. For areas of the models face I want to enlarge, I can use the bloat tool and if I want to reduce the size of something, I can use the pucker tool.
These are the settings I’ve used for the Forward Warp Tool. The brush size can vary of course depending on the region you want to modify.For the jaw region I’ve used a brush size of 238 and for the lips somewhere around 130.However,don’t take these values for granted.
Each photo, and each part of a photo will need careful consideration in tool settings. Since this is a larger photo, we use larger brush sizes.
Cleaning Up Skin with the Clone Stamp