How to Retouch a Portrait in Capture One and Photoshop

When it comes to high-end portrait retouching, Capture One is the choice of many photographers, renowned for its handling of raw files. If you would like to learn how to process a portrait using both Capture One and Photoshop, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you how to edit an image for the best results. 

Coming to you from Prince Meyson, this great video tutorial will show you how to edit a portrait in Capture One and Photoshop. As you will see, Meyson advocates for a light touch when editing a portrait. If you are new to retouching, generally, it is a good idea to err on the side of doing less. When you retouch a portrait too much, it is obvious to even the untrained eye. It is good to get in the habit of checking the progress of your edit, as it can be easy to get a bit of a case of tunnel vision and lose track of how far you have taken it. Simply zooming out every few minutes to take stock of your overall progress can make a big difference. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Meyson. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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It is not the worst I have seen but her skin still looks plastic fantastic.
Skin color and lighting looks okay but the skin has no texture (natural wrinkles).

We don't need to fear AI taking over the photo industry as "photographers" already make their pictures look artificial.

--- "skin has no texture (natural wrinkles)."

You need to view in video 4K quality and a decent monitor. The retouch has plenty of texture and natural wrinkles. He literally kept the original texture intact. Even the forehead lines and veins.

This is a youtube video, watch by all. I think your are asking for to much. 😉

On my screen I can clearly see natual aged skin on the before picture - not so on the edited picture. What I have to go by, but as I said, it is not the worst I've seen.

Is it safe to assume you don't shoot portraits, fashion, etc, especially that of women?

Hans J. Nielsen
I agree with Back Z. Eddi – the texture is still natural and intact.

Although in my experience the smaller you look at retouched images (no matter if they kept "natural" or someone used a heavy AI filter) they always tend to look a little bit artificial. It often depends how small the image is viewed. Even high-res images can be reduced in size and they still look a little bit plasticky.

But in this case I think the final result looks fine.

Am not a fun of the "plastic" skin retouch. That's Prince's style if you have been watching his videos and used his actions before.
Less skin texture no matter what anyone says.
For close portrait one should see more skin tuxture than what I see.
I guess every photographer have their likes but this does not work for me.

--- 'Am not a fun of the "plastic" skin retouch.'

But, you have this, ( . The very definition of plastic fantastic.