I’ve been retouching photos for many years, and always found retouching portraits to be tedious and difficult.
I found that my old habits die hard. I easily fall back on methods that work, but take forever to accomplish.
Photoshop has evolved and keeping up with all the new tools can be daunting, unless you take the time to learn.
I finally decided it was time to improve my skills, and Joined NAPP and Kelby Training.
As a creative director, it’s important to be up-to-date with computer skills, and as a part-time weekend-warrior photographer, I began to feel the pressure to improve quickly.
I purchased Scott Kelby’s Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques book, and was thrilled with how much material there is jam-packed into his book.
I put many of the exercises through their paces, and began practicing.
I was thrilled with how much time I saved, and how great the results are.
The results are subtle, but you’ll see Samantha’s skin is smoother, her eyes are brighter and sharper, I added color to her lips, and highlights to her hair. Removed blemishes and stray hairs, and cleaned-up a rough edge of clothing on her shoulder.
Here’s the results:
Let me know what you think!