Basic retouch and colorization

This tutorial will show you how to do a basic retouch, change the colorcast of an image and colorize some of its elements.


Step 1. We will use this Naomi Watts image:

Duplicate the layer then go to Filter -> Noise -> Median...and enter a value of around 3 pixels. Then go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur... and enter 5 pixels.

Step 2. Add a layer mask (by pressing the third button on the lower part of the Layers Palette) to the layer you have just blurred and fill it with black. Then pick a soft, medium sized brush and start painting with white on the layer mask. Make sure you avoid any lines on the face; use it only on the skin, to get a smooth, professional effect. Vary the brush size and opacity depending on the area. Avoid blurring the eyes, lips or hair.

After you finish this step, you should get something like this:


Step 3. Add a Curves adjustment layer with the following settings:


Step 4. Add a Selective Color adjustment layer with the following settings then fill its mask with black.

Reds: -55 0 0 0
Neutrals: -20 +15 –40 +5

Now paint with white over the lips and you will notice they’ll turn a light pink. Make sure you follow the edges of the lips properly.



Step 5. Add another Selective Color adjustment layer with these settings:

Yellows: -100 0 0 0
Whites: 0 0 0 –25
Neutrals: +20 –10 –50 +8

Fill its mask with black and carefully paint with white over the eyes.

Step 6. Go to Layer -> Flatten Image, then to Filter -> Sharpen -> Smart Sharpen... and use the following settings:





Finally, go to Image -> Canvas Size… and choose black as a color, 40 pixels for both Width and Height to add a stylish outer border.




The final result:

27 comments:

Danielsky said...

nice and fast.

zoomarkety said...

amazing

raj said...

its very easy. good

Anja said...

Thank you, guys! I'm glad you found this useful. :)

Ahntrax said...
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David said...

Congratulations Anja! I love the blog :D.
Great tutorial.

Anja said...

Thanks a lot for your kind comment, David! I really appreciate it. :D

Rob said...

Awesome post. Reminds me of ads for Piaget.

Anja said...

Thank you, Rob! I'm glad you liked it.

punni said...

very nice!!!!!!!!

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ROWEL said...

how to add selective color?

grace said...
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Ewan said...

Glad i found you here. You make photoshop easier to use, THANK YOU

International Manual Clipping Path said...

Excellent. Brilliant tutorial - thanks.

suzannebonanno said...

Hi! I am new to this end of the photography stuff! I am looking to buy a Photoshop program! I really want the best but yet easy to use. Do you recommend any specific type?

Sarah911 said...

how do you get to editing a photo? i would like to try

clippingpathindia said...

Very impressive.

Clipping Path India said...

Good and easy to learn tutorial.

A.SOFIANE said...

GREAT POST THNAK'S

pay net said...

i didnt get step 3

limar said...

awesome!!

goldglitter10 said...

Thank you SO much !

Sonic98 said...

Didn't work for me just made the person look red. Maybe it doesn't work when you use a person with a strong tan. Seems like most Photoshop tutorials work or don't work based on the complexion of the skin

WindRider said...

@ Sonic I did an African American woman and it worked for me, good tutorial!

here's my before and after

http://winkyoureye.tumblr.com/post/13576752014/retouch

Mauro Cantelmi said...

Hi i am Melbourne photographers really like the way of editing...

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