Portrait Retouching

You will find 4 images below to retouch. Watch the videos 1st, explore the techniques links, then work through the 4 portraits.
To finish up this project choose a portrait you made and retouch the image, for a total of 5 images.


PR1 Woman - Basic Portrait Retouch - Click here for image
Include Blemishes, eyes, lips, remove stray hairs.
What else might you do to this image? Show me.

PR2 Male Retouch - Click here for image
Remove yellow color cast,
Include Blemishes, eyes, lips.
Remove stray hairs, or should the hairs stay, tell me what you think in your written summary of the project.
Sculpt his face using a dodge and burn layer or curves.
What else might you do to this image? Show me.

PR3 - Woman Retouch - Click here for image
Color Correct - do you want to open this through the ACR dialogue box?
Retouch Bra back to skin. What else do you see? button?
Wrinkles, eyes, teeth, hair, lashes.
A little liquify in the neck and face. Subtle, not to much.
What else might you do to this image? Show me.

PR4 -

PR5 - Use one of your own images, remember this is a retouch project.

In addition to the retouching you can stylize these images as well by adding a look. B&W, duotone, dramatic, what about that instagram look you love? Change the look of the image. Remember to use layers that can be turned off to see the original.

Turn in the 5 portraits.
•Label layers to reflect what you are doing
•2160 pixels longest side, 240ppi, 8bit
•Saved .PSD or .TIFF
•email me a written summary of each image, what you did, thoughts, what extra did you do to the images. Did you dig deeper for techniques outside of what I gave you? Write it up. email to [email protected]

-Keep the original image as the bottom layer for comparison

Most photographs will need the following:
-removal of in camera dust or dead pixels from the image
-normal tonal and color corrections according to your basic workflow (you can do this with adjustment layers or start the process in Camera Raw
-removal of distractions from the background
(you could blur or change the background to B&W or a duotone, have fun and explore what you can do)
-removal of blemishes
-removal/softening of hot spots (shiny areas: nose, forehead, etc)
-removal of dark circles
-softening of lines in the face
-reduce skin pores
-softening of age spots
-whitening of the teeth and/or eyes
-removal of red eye

Explore the internet to find additional looks, these are just a starting point.
-create a soft filter effect (skin softening) ***not on MEN***
-a vignette effect (darkening of the edge of your image)
-color the hair, change the eye color, change the lip color-sharpen the eyes, hair
-emphasize eye contrast , enhance eye color to bring out eye detail
-enlarge the eyes
-define lips and enhance color as necessary
-check and enhance eyebrows as necessary
-dodging and burning to sculpt the image
-This is a partial list, what can you add here.

General Technical Considerations:
1. You may need several layers to achieve a nice gradual result.
2. Don’t forget to lower the opacity of layers to help blend them together.
3. Use Layer Masks and Selection tools as necessary.
4. Lower the opacity of tools as necessary.
5. Play with blending modes to help “blend” corrections.
6. Mask to isolate corrections better.
7. You will need to use the claw for some techniques (shift – option – command – E)

how to: retouching strategy

-who is your subject
-what is important about the subject?
-what stage in life, job, love, etc?
-define what is your strategy plan of attack

Remove Distractions:
-removal of in camera dust or dead pixels from the image
-fly away hair
-distracting backgrounds

Enhance and Improve Features:
-removal of dark circles
-removal of blemishes
-removal of hot spots (shiny areas: nose, forehead, etc)
-softening of lines in the face
-removal of red eye (there should not have been red eye)
-whitening of the teeth and/or eyes
-balance and shape the hair, mouth, eyes (liquify)
straighten teeth, make lips fuller
-refine makeup

Color Correct Image, Enhance Lighting:
-darken background
-blur background
-refine lighting add shape and dimension to your subject
-enhance lighting
-darken or lighten the background for emphasis (vignette)

Creative Interpretation:
-add soft focus effect
-sharpen features (hair, eyes, lips)
-color the hair
-enlarge the eyes
-selective color/b&w
-painterly filter effects
-borders, edge alteration

Sharpen eyes before softening skin

Evaluate the Image:
-you worked in layers so if you see a problem you
should be able to rework without starting from the beginning.

The Print:
-duplicate the image

Work using layers

A few tutorials to get you inspired

Mapping A Texture To A Face In Photoshop


Photoshop Tutorial: Professional Make-up and Face Slimming


Glamour Model


Photoshop Roadmap