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Industry Retouching Techniques In Photoshop

The industry, full of techniques and tricks to turn a selfie into a magasine cover. Professional editors use these techniques and i’ve uncovered how you can too. Take a read of the guide below or sit back and watch the video while i take you through it step by step. Have the image already dragged and dropped into Photoshop then choose one or all of the following techniques.

Step 1 – CMYK Yellow Color Masking

Select image in the top panel, mode, CMYK color then hit OK. Next to the layers panel click channels and highlight the yellow channel. Press Ctrl & A to make a selection of the whole image, Ctrl C to make a copy then go back to normal RGB mode by holding Ctrl, Alt & tapping z until you are returned to the original image. Click over to layers and press Ctrl & J to create a duplicate of the background layer. On this new layer press Ctrl & V to paste in the CMYK yellow color then Ctrl & I to invert the new pasted layer. Select either soft light or hard light in the blending modes to complete this effect. This effect kind of gives a dodge and burn look and removes imperfections from features giving the image an overall more professional look.

Step 2 – Spot Healing Imperfections

Create a duplicate of the image by pressing Ctrl & J then select the Spot healing brush tool and remove any imperfections by painting over them, change the brush size by using [ ] and try to make as small adjustments as possible as bigger paint strokes are noticeable. If you have to reduce the opacity of this layer to hide bigger spot healed areas then do so to make the imperfection look less noticeable.

Step 3 – Utilising Blur Effects

Highlight all of the created layers by holding Ctrl and left clicking until they are all highlighted blue, right click, merge layers, Ctrl J to duplicate the newly formed layer. Select filter, blur, surface blur, change the threshold to 255 levels, increase the radius up high then begin to work your way back downwards again. The idea is to add a surface blur which blurs out imperfections and adjusting the threshold will bring back the finer details of the image leaving only skin areas or likewise areas blurred.

Step 4 – Utilising High pass

Rename the layer to blur then make a copy and rename to high pass, put the blur layer below high pass. On the high pass layer select, filter, other, high pass and adjust the settings until only the outlines are visible then hit OK. Change the blending mode of high pass to either hard or soft light depending on what works better for you.

Step 5 – The Airbrush Effect

Select the high pass and blur layers and create a group to contain them by pressing Ctrl & G, add an inverted mask onto the group by holding alt and selecting the layer mask. Press B on the keyboard to select the brush tool and select a really soft edged brush, adjust the hardness, flow and opacity to decrease or increase the airbrush effect then paint in our out by having the foreground color set to black or white. Tip set the background to white and foreground to black then flip between the two by pressing X.

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