There are a lot of photo retouching techniques you can do with Photoshop. If it is your first time, it will take a lot of patience if you want to retouch a whole body picture. Photoshop has all the tools you need for a professional looking photo retouch. You can apply this technique to other photos as well, but they are only applicable to portrait types like models. If you have a lot of pictures that need retouching because you do not like the outcome, then this tutorial is the right one for you.
First step to do is open Photoshop and open the picture that you want to apply some retouching. Do not resize the photo to a smaller size.
This kind of photo is common among collections that are not edited yet. Most stock images available in websites are not edited so you need to check them first before editing it. The first thing that you have to do when retouching photos is to get rid of unwanted things you do not want to see on the photo such as red eyes, pimples or dots on the face. Use the Clone Stamp tool to get rid of the dots or pimples. Click beside the dot or pimple to cover the area itself.
You will also need to smoothen the face to make it more appealing. Use the Eyedropper tool by going to the toolbox or press the I key on the keyboard and click on the skin to pick a color. Press B for the brush tool, pick soft round and change the size to 50px and set the opacity to 20%. Add a new layer and start brushing on the skin until you are satisfied with its smoothness.
Now it is time to smoothen the body. Duplicate the original layer by clicking on the background and hit the Ctrl + J keys on the keyboard. Rename the duplicated layer to Surface Blur. Instead of using the airbrush tool to brush the entire body parts, use the Surface Blur filter that can be found in the Filter menu, Blur then Surface Blur. Follow the settings below.
Since applying the filter will be applied to the entire layer, you will need to apply a Layer Mask on that layer to prevent the entire photo from being applied by the filter. Pick the brush tool, make sure the layer mask is active and the foreground is white. Paint only the area that you do not want the filter to be applied.
This step will be about focusing more on the model. Duplicate the original layer again and rename this layer to Lens Blur. While the layer is still active, go to the Filter menu, Blur then Lens Blur. Follow the settings below.
You will need to apply another layer mask to prevent the entire photo being applied by the filter. Apply a layer mask, pick the brush tool with black foreground and paint on the model.
Duplicate the original layer again and rename it Soft Light. Bring this layer at the top and set its blending mode Soft Light.
You can make more adjustments to the color if you want by adding levels or curves layer to adjust its shadows, midtones or highlights.
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