Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Softening strong characteristics, part of Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Faces.
…One of the down sides to digital photography,…is the strong contrast that blows out highlights.…It's hard sometimes to get a good tone…when setting up an image with just adjustment curves.…By retouching you can help to soften the contrast, by toning down strong…characteristics that pop a little too much, at times with that contrast move.…So let's just zoom in here to these really strong contrasted areas.…And we're just going to soften them up a little bit with some…clone stamping. So let's hit S to get our clone stamp.…Just make it about that size there.…
Let's go over and check our settings. And we're going to want it on transfer.…And we're going to crank that hardness down, so it's a nice soft brush.…Let's go into darken mode.…So, hitting that Back button on my stylus…brings up our menu here, and now select Darken.…Always do a little double check that you're on darken and…not just one below it, because if you just click on that Back button when…looking up here, you could toggle all the way down without bringing that menu up.…
- Analyzing your portrait
- Setting the overall color
- Using masks to color correct
- Controlling blemishes
- Popping the eyes