Glamorizing a photograph sounds like a single technique you can apply to your friends and families portraits, doesn't it?

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:

  • Clone Tool
  • Patch Tool
  • Healing Brush
  • Sharpening
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Layers
  • Selections
Pretty much everything you have available in Photoshop, really.

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:
  1. eliminating any imperfections and/or blotches on the skin
  2. smoothing the skin
  3. eliminating that annoying skin shine
  4. keeping the important part of the image nice and sharp
  5. whitening the teeth
  6. and maybe even changing eye color
It can be a challenge and it is generally a lot of fun with the added benefit being that the person you are 'glamorizing' generally appreciates your diligent efforts.

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

glamorize thumbnailThis technique could be called retouching or skin smoothing or blemish removal - each name applies.

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

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These steps take the first technique to the next level with a couple of layers and an adjustment layer.

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 Glamorizing

One 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.

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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 .

Have fun!


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