Join Timothy Sexton for an in-depth discussion in this video Using soft and hard brushes for cleaning up hair, part of Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Beauty Portraits.
Okay, to start our actual hard retouching, what we're going to do is we're going to duplicate…this Retouch layer right here and we're going to label it -hair.…And we're just going to concentrate on cleaning up the hair on this layer here.…Okay, now I'm going to zoom into this part of the image right here, and I'm going to…use the Clone Stamp to take away this hair right over here, like before, just using…kind of a large soft brush.…I'm just going to shave this part of the neck right here. There we go.…
Let's zoom back out, there is a bit of dark line there.…So let's just go in and fix that, okay.…And now I'm going to just kind of take away some of these strays here.…Now there's not too much hair.…Popping out here, the hair is actually very neat.…So I don't want to take too much away, because we don't want her to look like she's wearing a helmet of hair.…Let's just kind of fill in a bit over here. I'm just pushing this up a little bit.…That's going to give her a slightly fuller feel in her hair as well. Okay, there we go.…
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