Portraits – Retouching Skin and Teeth in Photoshop
I see so many professional portrait photography shots around these days. In magazines, on TV and even in peoples homes. People may think most of this is down to the camera taking amazing pictures but the reality is that it comes from a combination of heavy make up and post processing. If you have had a professional photo shoot you may have noticed you have to wear a huge amount of make up. You think you look silly but when the pictures come back you look great. Well its all about covering skin blemishes and smoothing the colour tones. Its all fixed later in post processing in programs like Photoshop.
This tutorial will run through the basic process of retouching portrait photo’s and show you some of the techniques that are used. You can use these on your normal snaps as well. The reason the Pro models wear a lot of make up is to make the post processing easier, so its a balance of the two. Less make up means more post processing.
There are many areas of portrait retouching so in this tutorial I will be concentrating on cleaning up and softening the skin and also whitening the teeth.
I don’t do any portrait photography my self so I once again have to refer to stock.xchange to get an image to use. Its a free stock image site which I find very useful. You will need to create an account but its a quick and painless process. You can find the image for this tutorial here http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1141475