5 MUST-KNOW Photoshop Retouching Tips and Tricks for Photographers – Photoshop Tutorial


In this video, I’m going to show you 5 Must-Know
Photoshop tips and tricks for Photographers. Hey everyone! Welcome back to another Photoshop tutorial
. My name is Jesus Ramirez. You can find me on Instagram @JRfromPTC. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you 5
must-know Photoshop tips and tricks for photographers. The tips are going to deal with masking, portrait
retouching, different color modes and workflow examples to speed up your retouching. Okay, let’s get started. In the first tip, I’m going to show you how
to work with Luminosity Mask. We’re going to work with this image here and
we want to adjust the highlights of the image. So, the easiest way to select the highlights
of the image is by pressing Ctrl Alt 2, that’s Command Option 2 on the Mac, and that makes
a selection around the bright pixels of the image. If I create an adjustment layer like the Curves
Adjustment Layer, that selection gets applied to the layer mask. If I hold Alt, Option on the Mac, and click
on the layer mask, you can see we made a selection out of the bright pixels. So, obviously, it looks like our black and
white image. White reveals and black conceals, so right
now, we’re mainly targeting the bright pixels of the image. If I’ll make an adjustment, you’ll notice
that we target mainly the bright pixels. We can do the opposite by selecting the layer
mask, clicking on Invert, and now we’re targeting the dark pixels. If I hold Alt, Option on the Mac, and click
on the layer mask, you’ll see that we have mainly the dark pixels selected. So, I can go into the Curve, make that adjustment
and it only affects the dark tones of the image. And let me just show you quickly why that
keyboard shortcut works. If I go into the Channels panel, you’ll see
that we have Ctrl 2, Ctrl 3, Ctrl 4, Ctrl 5. If I press Ctrl 3, that’s Command 3 on the
Mac, I select that channel. Ctrl 4 and Ctrl 5, I’m simply selecting them. But if I want to load them as selections,
Ctrl Alt 5 makes a selection out of the brighter pixels of that channel. Ctrl 2 is the RGB Mode and it also contains
the Luminance, so Ctrl Alt 2 will select the Luminance values. Another way of doing that if you cannot remember
the keyboard shortcut is by simply holding Ctrl, that’s Command on the Mac, and clicking
on the RGB thumbnail, and that makes the exact same selection as pressing Ctrl Alt 2. And once again, that selects the brighter
pixels of the image and that’s how you can target those pixels with adjustment layers. In this tip, I’m going to show you a fast
and efficient way of removing wrinkles, blemishes and other distractions from the face. So, if we wanted to remove the wrinkles on
her chin, you probably would use something like the Spot Healing Brush Tool with Content
Aware and that will be a good place to start. You would create a new layer, make sure that
“Sample All Layers” is selected so that we can work non-destructively and then, you would
come in here and try to paint away those wrinkles. And Photoshop does a pretty decent job at
it, but if you zoom in close, you’ll see that it’s not looking very good. It’s destroying the detail found in the image
and that is because we had a really strong highlight on the chin. So, we want to try to keep that detail so
that the adjustment looks more realistic. So I’m going to delete that layer and I’m
going to create a new one, and I’m going to show you a method that you should use. With the Spot Healing Brush Tool selected,
think of the blemish, wrinkle or distraction you’re trying to remove. Is it darker than the skin tone or is it brighter
than the skin tone? In this case, the wrinkle is darker than the
skin tone. That means that we want to lighten that wrinkle. So, under Mode, select Lighten and then do
the same thing. Just start painting and you’ll see that the
wrinkle gets removed but we don’t lose that highlight and the chin remains more realistic,
so that’s before and after. And like with any other retouching job, extremes
are not that good. Bring down the opacity down to about 70%. You just want to minimize the distracting
element, not necessarily remove it completely from the face. And you can keep doing the same with all the
other wrinkles on the face. At some point, you’re going to run into a
different kind of problem where you click and drag to remove the distraction but it
doesn’t go away. In this case, the wrinkle–the distraction–is
brighter than the skin tone. That means that we will never be able to remove
it because of the mode that we’re on. But, if we change it to Darken because we
want to darken that blemish, or that wrinkle, rather, then we can remove it. That’s before and after. Obviously, we bumped up the Opacity to 100%. It completely removes it, but I don’t think
that’s the way to go. Usually I’m retouching, I like to keep things
subtle and a little more realistic, so I think that’s the way to go. At about 60 to 70% in this case, so we’ll
split the difference and go to 65%; before and after. This technique also becomes really useful
in areas that contain detail and have blemishes that you would like to remove. In this case, I have blemishes on his forehead
that I will like to remove, but there’s fine detail that I would like to keep like these
strands of hair. So, if I create a new layer to work non-destructively,
make sure that “Sample All Layers” is checked, and just to show you, I’m going to select
the Normal Mode, which is what most people use. So if I were to start removing blemishes like
so, notice that I get a lot of distortion in the image. I don’t keep the fine detail and I introduced
detail I don’t want, and these strands of hair don’t look realistic, so I’m going to
undo those brush strokes by pressing Ctrl Alt Z and I’m going to change my Mode to Lighten
because the blemishes that I want to remove in this image are darker than the skin tones. So, I can start removing these blemishes right
away. You see that I don’t lose any of the detail. All the detail is kept. I can even remove that wrinkle and all those
strands of hair are fine, and I can continue painting away other wrinkles in the image. And, of course, I’m working non-destructively,
so that’s before and after. So I recommend you look in at the Lighten
and Darken Modes when working with the Spot Healing Brush Tool and Content Aware to remove
blemishes, wrinkles and other distractions from faces. In this tip, I’m going to show you how to
work with the same document in two windows. The reason that you would want to work with
the same document in two windows is so that you can both work with fine details and the
overall image at the same time. Let me show you what I mean by that. We’re going to work with this image of this
castle and I’m going to go into Window, Arrange, and at the very bottom, select New Window
for, and the name of the file. So now I have the same file open in two windows. Then I can go into Window, Arrange, 2-up Vertical
or 2-up Horizontal. In this case, we’ll do 2-up Vertical and it
puts the same document side by side on two different windows. This works better when you’re working with
two monitors. I do have two monitors here, but you can only
see one through our recording so we’re going to have to do it on only one monitor. But anyway, on the left-hand side, I’m going
to zoom in and then I’m just going to look at the details of the image. So, maybe we want to remove some of these
windows. On the right-hand side, I want to zoom out
so we can see the overall image. So you can double tap on the Hand Tool, maybe
even zoom out further than that, so maybe something like that so we can see the overall
image. Then, I’m going to create a new layer to work
non-destructively and I’m going to click on the Clone Stamp Tool, and we’re just going
to clone this area out. Make sure that “Sample All Layers” is selected
and I’m just going to hold Alt, Option on the Mac, click on the sample source, and just
start painting. Notice that as I’m painting, on the right-hand
side, right in this area here, the window starts disappearing, so now I can see the
fine details in the overall image at the same time. So, I don’t have to keep zooming in to look
at the detail and then zoom out to see how the image looks, and then zoom back in. That becomes really inefficient really quickly. Working with this technique allows you to
do both at the same time. So, I can come and remove maybe these windows,
and you can see on the right-hand side that the image is updating. And to be frank with you, on a real project,
what you probably would do is set this to 100%, so the 100% view would give you a much
better representation of what is going on. And now that we’re working with the Clone
Stamp Tool, I want to show you a couple of keyboard shortcuts that may help you. So, I’m just going to select that window so
you can see it there, so you can obviously paint and clone that window. I’m going to undo that and there’s a keyboard
shortcut that allows you to rotate the clone source. You can hold Alt Shift and the(greater than) keys. Those are the same keys as the comma and period. So, Alt Shift, Option Shift, and then the

90 Replies to “5 MUST-KNOW Photoshop Retouching Tips and Tricks for Photographers – Photoshop Tutorial

  1. Thanks for this tutorial. The shortcuts for the clonestamp tool dont work with my german keyboard. ctrl+alt show the arrow and the point, but no matter which letter I press additionaly, nothing changes. Do you have a tip for me, jesus?!

  2. Thank you Jesus, I really enjoyed this tutorial. The tips about the clone stamp tool (rotating and scaling up or down) will in come in handy all the time. Thanks again!!!

  3. You explain so well and choose such interesting and useful subjects and options!
    It's a pleasure listening to you and seeing you explain Photoshop.
    THANK YOU!!
    (a Dutch fan)

  4. I especially like the last one – using a smart object to retain Lab Mode adjustments when switching into & out of RGB! Thanks a million, Jesús R!

  5. Thanks for your information and expertise you share with those who would like to learn more. Keep up your good job. One question please,why when I work with the quick selection tool it selects the area very slow. Is there any settings which I have to do.Thanks in advance

  6. I'm not a photographer, but this will help in my graphic and web design and video editing projects. I'm sure you've experienced clients not giving you the best assets to work with and things need doctoring up prior to use.

  7. Mind blown. Specially the rotation of the clone stamp… i always wanted this, never knew it was already there. Thanks man, you are really our savior 😛

  8. Before I got into Photography I first learned and taught myself Creating Graphics in Paint Shop Pro 9 before Corel took over the Company Jasc, and Corel started to make Paint Shop Pro geared to Photographers. Anyway, (Paint Shop Pro 9 is soo much easier to create graphics) so one example is gold or silver metal and just by playing around on my own by first trying the Brightness it did not give the look of real metal so something in my head and this is before I had Photoshop said try sharpening and voila! It worked, another example a Graphic Diamond same thingI will sharpen one or a few times till I got the diamond to look real.

    Thank you very much for your tips and tricks they are Wonderfully explained as well as showing us a simpler or other ways that we're soo used to. ❤😘🤗👍👏👏👏

  9. I was looking 30 minutes at this photo and just in the end i realised that it is a photo from my city!!) It's Ulraine, city Dnipro. Was nice to recognise familiar streets))

  10. Very useful techniques!!Thank you for your tutorial! But is there anyone has the same problem with me that can't use "Option Shift < >" and "Option Shift [ ]" on MacPro?

  11. While I've seen most of these tips at some time or another, this was a great refresher. I really enjoy your teaching methods, very concise and easy to grasp.

  12. Very groovy tutorial. I keep thinking I sort of know how to use Photoshop, then I find out how much of an iceberg it is. Thanks heaps mate.

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