In my recent Natural Light Tutorial with RGGEDU, I went through every aspect of natural light photography and retouching... Or so I thought. During a shoot this week, I realized I missed one thing: enhancing freckles with Photoshop. In this article I will show a simple method to making those freckles pop. The first time the idea of retouching freckles crossed my mind, I figured there must be a really quick adjustment I can do to darken freckles to make them stand out. Eventually, I came to realize that there is no easy curves or levels layer that will pop those freckles instantly. Ultimately, a new layer with some manual labor is needed. Below is a more detailed explanation of how to do this along with a handful of examples.
Step 1: Add new Layer (Command+Shift+N), Set Mode to Overlay and turn on 50% Grey
Step 2: Chose Photoshops Burn tool (O), Set to Midtones 20%
Step 3: Zoom all the way into photo and start manually burning each freckle
Step 4: Lower opacity on the layer if you feel you went too far or duplicate the layer if you want to darken the freckles even more.
This may seem like a very long and tedious method but I can assure you that you will walk away with the most clean results. Using my tablet, I can enhance freckles in less than 2 minutes per photo.
If you're interested, you can find more info on my natural light and retouching tutorial in the video below:
Have you found a more efficient method? Please post in the comments.