Photoshop Tutorial | Simple Retouching for Beginners

New to editing your portraits?  This retouching tutorial is just for beginners!

Photoshop editing can be a good thing but more often than not, I see people going way too far with adjustments to their images. Smooth skin is something we all long for but we don’t want to look fake. Or, at least, I hope we don’t. The picture you see in this post is an example of a bad edit. This is what we don’t want.

Skin retouching is something that I do for anyone I make a portrait for.  I photograph a lot of teenagers and they don’t always need my help. (Oh, to be young again!) On the other hand, we moms — and dads, too– might need some help! In this retouching tutorial, I will demonstrate exactly the process I go through via photoshop editing software to give a little nip-n-tuck. I’ll also show what NOT to do. Like, ever.

With photoshop editing, I will do lots of things as I usually do plus whatever changes you request. I automatically get rid of all pimples, scratches, bags under the eyes, dark circles, etc. Any blemish that I can recognize is not natural, I will take away.  Things that you may want my help with are any moles that you don’t care for, wrinkles, scars, birthmarks, etc.  Everyone is different. One person might not want certain things removed whereas another person wants the whole shabang. The double chin edit is my favorite part of my Photoshop facelift. I do it for everyone, especially me!

Do you have images of your family (yourself) that you love so much you create an entire wall gallery??  Most of my clients say I’ve taken the best pictures they’ve ever seen of themselves and are proud to display them at home.  I help them design layouts using software that shows you exactly what it might look like on your wall like this image below. Read more about this process here.

displaying family photos

I do not use ready-made filters for editing. I do it all by hand in Adobe Photoshop. If you like editing tutorials, YouTube is full of them!  That is where I learn a lot. If you have any questions, or want to get your very own facelift, give me a call or send me a message!