The truth is that there are many different Photoshop techniques that can be applied to achieve the desired results.
It's also useful to keep in mind that overdoing these techniques can produce results that have no real basis in reality. Most of the time - less is more.
Sometimes you will use all of the tools at your disposal and at other times only a few of them.
The tools and techniques used most often with portrait photographs include:
The question is, then, how do you use these tools on an image?
Generally, the process will include some or all of the following depending on the image:
The techniques used to 'retouch' an image range from the very basic and simple to high end Photoshop work. One thing for sure - using a Bamboo or Intuos tablet will make your efforts much, much easier.
These examples start with basic techniques and provide quick and easy photo retouching.
Basic Blemish Removal and Skin Smoothing
It's quick and easy and gives the new digital editor the chance to work with some basic tools and enjoy a feeling of success. The tools that are used are in every version of Photoshop Elements and the full version of Photoshop.
To learn how to use this technique click on the thumbnail.
The Next Step
These two steps will make a dramatic difference on your image - a difference you will be proud of.
Click on the thumbnail to learn how to use layers to improve a portrait.
Photo GlamorizingOne of the favorite things people do with Photoshop is glamorize images.
It is good to remember that we are, in fact, human beings with all of our physical shortcomings.
The models with porcelain skin have been made up beyond belief or photoshopped excessively.
Having said all that - it sure is fun doing these kinds of techniques.
The ones on this page are fairly basic and a good place to start .
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