Look your best

George Cairns shows you how to re­touch your por­traits in min­utes

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Per­form quick and easy dig­i­tal re­touch­ing to im­prove a por­trait

Be­fore hav­ing their photo taken, the sub­ject of a por­trait shoot will want to look their best. They’ll brush their hair and may well ap­ply make-up to cre­ate the ap­pear­ance of health­ier-look­ing skin. De­spite per­sonal groom­ing, how­ever, the end re­sult may be dis­ap­point­ing; they may be hav­ing a bad skin day and be un­able to suc­cess­fully con­ceal a spot, for ex­am­ple. A de­cent lens and flash light­ing can also re­veal ev­ery pore and blem­ish, which may not be es­pe­cially flat­ter­ing.

Pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers can pop fil­ters, such as the pro-mist fil­ter, over their cam­era’s lens to add a healthy glow to a sub­ject’s skin and give it a smoother, more flat­ter­ing ap­pear­ance. We can pro­duce sim­i­lar re­sults us­ing a range of Pho­to­shop El­e­ments’ re­touch­ing tools.

If you’re new to El­e­ments then the Guided Edit mode has a handy Per­fect Por­trait Touchup op­tion that takes you step-by-step through the tech­niques you need to use to cre­ate a more flat­ter­ing por­trait. It gath­ers all of the most use­ful re­touch­ing tools to­gether in one place, and en­ables you to smooth skin, con­ceal spots and even brighten the whites of your sub­ject’s eyes.

As well as pre­sent­ing you with th­ese handy re­touch­ing tools, the Guided Edit mode also in­tro­duces you to use­ful fil­ters like Dif­fuse Glow. This en­ables you to fake the skin-flat­ter­ing pro-mist fil­ter tech­nique em­ployed by pro­fes­sion­als with­out the need for spe­cial­ist cam­era kit. Guided Edit also boasts other use­ful op­tions, such as Re­store Old Photo, so you can en­hance old fam­ily por­traits by re­mov­ing dust and scratches.

AFTER

QUICK TIP D on’t o v e r d o the re touch­ing - you wan t the sub­jec t to look real and have per­son­ali t y

BE­FORE

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