Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing the image for the last refinements to pop the details, part of Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Beauty Portraits.
So we're in a really good spot right now. …We just need to do a couple of more things to just really pop out some of these details, …like the eyes and what not, and maybe a little restoration of texture to the skin. …So this is what we are going to do. …We're going to make a selection of the eyes, and we're going to Command+J that, to float …it right above, so we just have the eyes right there, and we're going to zoom on in, and we're …going to use something called the High Pass, which is right up here in Filter > Other > High …Pass. And I have that set to usually about 10 pixels is usually a pretty good starting point, and …I usually don't go much higher than that unless I am using this to pop jewelry.…
So let's hit OK, and what do we do about this gray box? …What we do about that is we drop the Layer mode down to Soft Light, and now let's click on and off that. …And that gives us this really nice kind of sharpness to it, this overall sort of sheen. …So let's mask that out, Option, let's hit this little button right there. …
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