This is a complete guide to high-end portrait editing in photoshop, aimed at photographers and anyone who is into photo retouching. The entire tutorial is split into 5 parts (part 5 is still in production and will be released later on this week). I cover a lot of material and the whole thing is about 5h long. I will show you not only how to use photoshop tools and various techniques to create stunning portraits, but also explain how to choose photos for editing before you even start to work on one. Portraiture photography is all about natural and balanced body language and great lighting. If you have those two components checked, the rest is fixable in photoshop. There is no such thing as a perfect photo, and it is not even about creating one in photoshop. Far from it. But in the era of digital photography and RAW files with flat contrast, no saturation, it is essential that you know how to edit your images, regardless how far you want to push them. Now there are many ways of editing, some are lazy, like sliding a few adjustments in Lightroom for the whole batch of photos, or going deep and detailed down to a pixel level in photoshop. I do not know about you, but when I am done with a photo, it can be printed into a huge poster, I dont care, because i know how detailed I am in my editing. I often work on 300-400% zoom to make sure that the skin texture and skin pores are not being damaged. That the tone transition is smooth and pleasing. That I do not have any skin blotches or nasty color shifts (usually red, yellow or cyan). That I have good contrast in my image. That the toning and finishing touches match the mood of the image. The list goes on. Photo editing is an art, and takes time and a lot of patience. It is a blend of technical knowledge, vision and artistic sensitivity that guides you from start to finish. I hope this video tutorial series on how to edit a portrait in photoshop will help you realize how important is the knowledge of photo editing, regardless of what type of photography you are into. (You can find part 2,3,4 on my YouTube channel)
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