Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Finalizing the color in an image, part of Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Beauty Portraits.
Okay, so we're almost there. …What we're going to do now is tweak the color and overall look of the image a bit. …Although I set the look in Chapter 1, as I was working through the image, I was thinking …about its overall color feel. …The blue in the background just has a touch too much magenta in it and I feel that we …can push the color a bit overall to make this image a bit more interesting than it is right now. …So the first thing we're going to do is to give ourselves a new curve, and we're going …to put that right above this contrast Curve right here. …So going down to our Blue right here, from the shadow point down here, I'm going to lift …up and add blue into the shadow areas here.…
Okay, so just moving it up a little bit, I'm just sliding in up and you could see how the …images sort of neutralizing overall, and we're going to counter that by adding a little bit …of yellow back into this midtone highlight areas. …So using the arrow keys on my keyboard, I'm just going to drop it down a touch. …
Next, Timothy delves into several core aspects of retouching—skin, hair, clothing, and body shaping—providing real-world insights and Adobe Photoshop techniques. The course describes ways to enhance eyes and lips, selectively sharpen portions of a photo to draw attention to them, use masks to change the color of clothing, and more. The course concludes with details on how to evaluate your work.
- Working on color, contrast, and tone
- Managing layers
- Removing imperfections with the Clone Stamp and Quick Mask tools
- Using soft and hard brushes to clean up hair
- Refining the eyes and brows
- Plumping lips with Liquify
- Finalizing the color
- Finishing with Dodge and Burn