10 Retouching Beauty Tips on Photoshop 1. Avoid sharpening before you retouch, but clean up the colors in Levels and Curves before you start retouching. This will make the pores and blemishes stand out, so you see them clearly as you’re working, and you don’t get a nasty surprise after spending lots of time on fine detail. Good color correction will also make the image look sharper in a natural way. 2. Always retouch on separate layers, leaving the Background still intact. The Background layer below serves as a safety-net if the retouching really goes wrong, but more importantly, you see the before-version at any time. It’s important to have this reality check. Make sure the positions of the retouch-layers are position-locked, so you don’t accidentally move them. 3. Avoid achieving excessive perfection in one area at an early stage of retouching, because you might commit yourself to a high degree of retouching in the whole image, which will often cause the image to look totally unnatural. Work in a loose way, moving around quite freely, and zapping the worst all the time. This sounds almost too obvious but I see many students making this particular mistake. 4. Work on the skin first, because this will help you avoid layer conflicts later. The skin can be regarded as a canvas and the features can be treated as separate elements to focus on later. When the skin is cleaned up, there are less distraction, and usually a significant improvement in appearance. While you work the skin, you also get the chance to get to know the face, and note the other things to be refined. 5. Don’t forget to retouch the area between the eyebrow and the eyes. I often see retouching where this area appears to have been totally forgotten. This also applies to the area between the nose and the lips and transition between hair and skin. 6. Eyes can also take a bit contrast and brightness. This doesn’t mean that you should brighten only the whites. A well-designed Curves adjustment for the whole eye will usually do the trick. You can do a color correction based on the whites and the pupil, which gives great zing and still looks natural. Part of the secret lies in knowing what color balances the whites are supposed to have, for different ages and people. 7. The difference between the Healing brush tool and the Clone stamp tool may seem subtle as you work on skin, but is actually quite major. The Stamp tool simply clones one area to another (with a hard or soft edge and a chosen opacity). If you try cloning a patch of blonde hair into a dark background you’ll get what you expect; a patch of blonde hair. The Healing brush used in the same way would give a dark patch with hair-texture in the background. If you’re observant you’ll notice that the color snaps to dark after you let go of the mouse/pen. He Healing brush is great for cloning texture. 8. The above mentioned behavior is why the Healing brush often bleeds when you heal close to a contrasting color. Try to use the clone stamp tool in this case, or learn how to refine your technique. Speaking of technique, cloning and healing with too much repetition is the most typical retouching mistake. This is caused by using the same sample repeatedly and this causes a strange pattern because each part of the skin/hair/eye is unique. Breaking up subtle gradients in the background or skin using the Stamp tool can often be avoided by switching to the Healing brush. 9. Using the Blur tool on blemishes simply doesn’t work. Have you noticed that blurring a little makes blemishes worse? Blurring is something that should be applied heavily – usually as a filter – and used only very lightly. We use technique that give the skin a final veneer and keep it as natural-looking as possible. It’s easy to make a plastic appearance, and it takes a little bit more craft to give that smooth-but-sharp finishing. 10. While you do want to work in Layers to give you a safety net and stay in touch with the original, you may find the layer conflicts can occur towards the end, when you want to work on a joined- up layer. You may have to merge everything into a new layer on top of your layer stack for the finishing touches. Only do these when you’re sure that your retouching is all good so far. You can generate smoothing layers from this layer.
"10 Retouching Beauty Tips on Photoshop"