Once you have captured some awesome portraits either in a studio or outside, you’re probably going to want to edit those pictures to make them even more beautiful! There are a lot of elements that can interfere with the photographer’s shot or distract the viewer- which is why photographers/designers use Photoshop to improve their images. In this post, I’m going to demonstrate a couple of simple ways to edit your photographs and make them even more stunning.
Step 1: Open the image in Photoshop
- Once Photoshop is up and running, click on File —> Open to choose a portrait to edit.
Double click the background layer in the Layers panel to bring up a window to unlock and name your layer.
We do not want to work directly on the original photo in case you need to go back and start over; therefore, click and drag your layer to the “New Layer” icon in the Layers panel to copy your image.
Step 2: Adjust Brightness/Contrast
Click on Image —> Adjustments —> Brightness/Contrast
Play around with the two settings and toggle the Preview to make sure you are adjusting the image how you want it.
Step 3: Whiten Teeth
Using the Lasso Tool in the toolbar, select the teeth.
Click Edit —> Fill… (to get the Fill window to pop up). Under Contents, select White and change the Mode to Normal.
- Of course this does not look very natural, so we are going to turn the opacity on our Selection down to around 20-30% (depending on the photograph).
Step 4: Remove Blemishes
Add a blank layer to the Layers panel.
Select your Spot-Healing Brush in the toolbar and make sure Sample All Layers is checked and the Content-Aware button is selected.
Adjust your brush size and zoom in depending on the blemish
Click blemishes to make them disappear!
Step 5: Soften Skin
Merge your layers into a single layer by holding shift and left-clicking (selecting) all layers, and dragging them down to the New Layer button. This duplicates all the layers. With the duplicated layers still selected, right-click and select Merge Layers.
Change the Layer from Normal to Overlay in the Layers panel.
Click Filter —> Other —> High Pass to sharpen the image.
Then go to Image —> Adjustments —> Invert to change the sharpness into a blur.
Add a Layer Mask to the same layer and double click mask to select Invert.
Using the paintbrush tool, change your color to white.
Change the brush size and turn the opacity down to around 15-20%.
Paint in the blur to specific parts of the face to give it a smooth finish.
And that’s it! You’ve now cleaned up that portrait and made it look better than ever without making too many drastic, unnatural changes.