Time to learn new stuff... like the ll new: Masks panel; Content-Aware Scaling; Adjustments panel; Auto-blending of images; Smoother panning and zooming and fluid canvas rotation; Auto-alignment of layers; Extended depth of field; Lightroom workflow; Better raw image processing; and a lot more!
When working in Photoshop, there are many advantages, one of which is working with masks. When an artist works in masks he or she has the flexibility of reviewing and editing his or her work at any time. He or she can also have multiple masks to work on and ultimately one is chosen for the final project.
I was pleased to find this tutorial in PDF format. It focuses on the retouching techniques specifically used for portraits. A step by step process takes you through how to make eyes a little whiter, change the color of lips or lipstick, and sharpen the image overall. Some background in selection tools and masking is helpful. I like this tutorial because of its practical application of recent tools and techniques I've learned. (Posted by E.Smith). . . this item is from the Adobe Evangelists site. It's a PDF file, so click-and-drag if you don't want to launch Adobe Acrobat! Portrait Retouching in Photoshop (PDF)
Before Photoshop was invented, it took trained professionals to change and retouch pictures, but now that Photoshop is around not only can you improve your work, you can also making such improvements without any professional training whatsoever. With Photoshop you can correct anything from color quality and tonal range to altering the composition and sharpening the overall quality of your picture. By following these basic steps you can make improvements to your picture:
* Make sure that yor scan quality is best for your images use.
* The image should be cropped to the size you intend it to be when it is finished.
* Adjust the contrast and tonal range of your picture.
* Alter or remove any color contrasts.
* Work on specific parts of your image to enhance highlights, middle tones, shadows and desaturated colors.
* And sharpen the focus of your image overall. With these steps you will be able to accomplish many tasks, from perfect a picture of your best friend or improving a picture of your great grandparent.