I attended Scott Kelby's session on Portrait Retouching at Photoshop World. As you could probably guess, it was awesome. Scott is one of the best teachers around. He's got such a relaxed and humorous yet informative teaching style.
Here are some of the best tips I gleaned from the session:
Scott puts a lot of emphasis on a model's eyes, and showed an easy way to remove red blood vessels in the eyes in Photoshop. First, choose a small soft brush, set it to 20% opacity, then sample the color directly next to the vein and just paint over it. That simple. Just always make sure you resample next to the vein you want to remove for the most accurate and realistic retouch. And if you think that the resulting texture is a little too unrealistic in the eye, just go to the filter menu, choose add noise, and brush in a little monochromatic noise into the retouched area of the eye for added realism.
Another great tip for enhancing the eyes is to add an extra catchlight that looks like a soft reflection. Take your Elliptical tool and draw a small oval. Then cut out of chunk of the oval so you end up with a "crescent moon" shaped selection. Fill the selection with white, add a small blur to it in the filter menu, and set the blending mode to soft light. Position the shape appropriately in the eye, and now you have a nice kicker light effect to add a little pop to the photo.
Moreover, Scott pointed out that you should start every retouch by first removing all blemishes on the subject before you try any other retouching techniques. This will lead to the best results after further retouching.
I hope you're enjoying these posts so far. We'll have so more cool tips to share soon!
Christopher Stampar is an 18 year old photographer currently attending the University of Miami. He has an extraordinary passion for photography, travel, and social media, and loves to share and learn with fellow photographers. To read Chris’ personal blog about photography, pop culture and ideas, visit www.cstampar.com.