In this tutorial, I will show you a basic retouching technique that will help you improve your portrait image. You will learn how to remove defects on the skin, how to apply makeup and enhance some facial features, such as lips and eyes. We will go further than the standard ‘ordinary’ retouching process, I will show you how to add more glamor to your portrait by adding jewels to the eyelids using stock images.
Retouching a portrait entirely refers to the improvement of facial features, such as eyes, lips and skin, while not causing a sense of falsehood. For this, we use tools Lightening / Dimming (Dodge / Burn), to change the lighting on the hair, to give them more volume, as well as on the eyes and lips, so that they look more attractive.
Color correction will be carried out using adjustment layers such as Color Balance (Color Balance) for additional correction, as well as not to lose picture quality during the workflow. We use a standard tool. Stamp (Clone Stamp) for duplication of parts, and also apply the filter Lighting Effects (Lighting Effects) for the final enhancement of all lighting.
STEP 1 – Retouch Skin
Additional comments by the author: For best results with skin retouching, use the tool. Spot Healing Brush (Spot Healing Brush Tool). This tool works better than any blur filter, while it preserves the texture of the skin.
The first task to improve the portrait – is to correct any defects on the skin. I used the tool Spot Healing Brush (Spot Healing Brush Tool) to remove light highlights, small bright pixels around the eyes and forehead, as well as a tool Mix Brush(Mixer Brush tool) to soften the skin.
STEP 2 – First Color Correction
Let’s change the mood of the image using adjustment layers. I used Gradient Map (Gradient Map) in order to redistribute color shades in the shadows and lighting. I used the default gradient from purple to orange, the only thing that changed the orange tint to # ecaf68. Change the blending mode for the adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft light), reduce the layer opacity to 30%.
STEP 3 – Contrast Correction
Perform image contrast correction with Levels (Levels) or Curves (Curves). The lighting on this image is a bit blurry, so I slightly increased the lighting using the value of 235 of the correction layer. Levels (Levels). Also a bit brightened Mid tones (Midtones), shifting the value to 1.05, so the whole image began to look a little brighter.
STEP 4 – Pattern Brushes (brushes for ornamentation)
I used a round hard brush to draw a few dots under my eyes. Each time, gradually reduce the size of the brush when applying a separate point. Then duplicate the layer for the right eye, apply a layer mask if necessary. Use blending mode Soft light (Soft light), layer opacity is 100%.
STEP 5 – Rough we put Cosmetics
Additional comments by the author:For best results, start with the blend mode. Soft light (Soft light) and try different color shades and intensity, until you find the right combination for the skin tone of the model.
To create eye shadow, I used a large soft brush. The color that is used for this is not the most important thing; the main thing is to try applying the intensity of different shades, until you find the appropriate shade. On a separate layer, do the same only with the lower eyelid, while using a different color shade. The blend mode that is used here, Overlap (Overlay).
STEP 6 – Improving the quality of applied Cosmetics
Additional comments by the author:When applying makeup and when working with tools Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge /Burn tools), use soft brushes with low opacity. Walk the brush several times, gradually increasing the intensity of the effect created.
As soon as you have applied the cosmetics roughly, add a mask layer to both layers with cosmetics to correct and improve the applied cosmetics. For a natural make-up effect, use a large soft brush on the masked layer, reducing the opacity of the brush to about 25%. Use adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to select the color of the makeup.
Translator’s Notes: 1. adjustment layers Hue / Saturation To change the color of cosmetics, use as a clipping mask. 2. One adjustment layer for the upper eyelid, the second for the lower eyelid. 3. Layer masks are used to soften or correct makeup.
Additional comments by the author:When working with portrait retouching, do not overdo it with the ongoing correction. Make subtle changes, and use the settings. Opacity (Opacity) to reduce the effect. Turn off and on the visibility of layers for quick preview.
STEP 7 Dimming and Brightening
Create a new layer and then go Editing – Fill (Edit> Fill) and fill 50% Gray (50% Gray). Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) and on the same layer, apply the tools Clarifier / Dimmer(Dodge / Burn tools) value Exposure (Exposure) 3-5%. Create light highlights with the Brightener and Shadow tool with the Dimmer tool using a medium-sized soft brush.
Additional comments by the author:Image enhancement
InstrumentsClarifier/ Dimmer(Dodge / Burn tools) excellent fit for improvements qualities Images. Using highly low valueExposure(Exposure) 3-6%, you you can to change structure bodies, by create light glare and shadows. For example, to make the eyes more expressive, you can achieve this by intensively lightening the eyelid and iris with a small soft brush with an exposure value of 20-30%, depending on the image. This technique can also be applied to the correction of lips and hair.
STEP 8 – Strengthen the expressiveness of the eyes and improve the hair
Increase value Exposure (Exposure) to about 25% and reduce the size of the brush. While on the same layer that we filled with 50% gray, apply the brightener tool to the eyelids to make the eyelids lighter, as well as to the hair. Duplicate this layer to enhance the effect.
Translator’s Notes: The author enhances the expressiveness of the eyelids, iris and lips.
STEP 9 – Color Balance
Correction target Color Balance (Color Balance) – this is the color correction of the entire image. We made the image more cold, in particular, it concerns the parameters of mid-tones and shadows by adding more shades of blue and blue. The amount (settings) of added color for each channel depends on your preferences.
STEP 10 – Lip Color
Change lip color with a correction layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Create an adjustment layer, next, fill the layer mask of the adjustment layer with black, and then use a white brush to paint the lips area so that the effect appears only on the lips. Use the three parameters of the adjustment layer to adjust the intensity and brightness of the color.
STEP 11 – Add parts using gems
With the help of a stock image that can be downloaded from the link at the beginning of this lesson, make our image more interesting. Scale the gems according to your image, and then duplicate as many times as necessary. You can change the color of the stones using the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Apply a small value to the layer style option. Shadows (Drop Shadow) to create more realism.
STEP 12 – Create duplicate Roses
Using tool Stamp (Clone Tool), create a duplicate of the roses on the model’s hair. Avoid creating an exact copy of the rose by changing the parameter settings. Clone source (clone source properties), which can be activated via Window – Source Cloning (Window> Clone Source). Simply hold down the Alt + key and click on the original image of the rose, then draw a duplicate of the rose on a new layer.
STEP 13 – Final Light Effect
Create a new layer on top of all layers, and then on a new layer, press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E to merge all layers on a new layer. Apply a filter to this layer. Lighting Effects (Lighting Effects filter), let’s go Filter – Rendering – Lighting Effects (Filter> Render> Lighting Effects). The purpose of this final effect is to darken the corners of the image in order to draw the attention of the observer to the face of the model.