10 Powerful Features of Photoshop Photographers Need to Know

Photoshop is an amazing tool that most photographers find themselves using on a daily basis. It has countless features, and with the new Photoshop CC, more are added with each update. As a beginner to the program, it can get a little overwhelming on where to start learning all of the complex elements. In this, video you will see 10 of the features you need to know.  

1. The Liquify Tool for Faces

One of the newer features to Photoshop. This tool automatically identifies faces within an image and allows you to make adjustments to the size and shape of specific facial features.   

2. Color Lookup Tables

This allows you to take the color grading from a select image and somewhat copy it over to another image.

3. Selection Moving and Transforming

Using the marque tool is a fast and easy way to make selections. But by using the spacebar and a right-click, you can also make a quick move and edit to the selection without starting over.

4. Frequency Separation

It's more of technique rather than a feature, but this process is used by many professionals and is one of the best ways to retouch an image.

5. Using Calculations to Select Hair

Making selection of hair is one of the hardest sections to make within Photoshop. By using the calculations tool, it can be a lot easier.  

6. Selective Sharpening

This is a way for you to quickly apply sharpening to certain areas of an image while either leaving the rest of the image alone or applying a different level of sharpening.

7. Color Range Within a Mask

Using a color range to make quick selections is an amazing feature, but this feature is also built directly into the masking tool. This allows you to quickly make masks based on a color range.

8. Curves Adjustment Layers

Curves are a very powerful tool that allow you to quickly change the contrast and/or color of an image

9. Adjustment Layers and Blend Modes

Adjustment layers can be used to make changes to an image, but by combining those with blend modes, you can open up a lot more possibilities.

10. Camera Raw

The video shows you how to access the Camera Raw tool even when not using a raw image. This allows you to use the easy and useful sliders to adjust an image. 

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18 Comments

Wouter Oud's picture

I see Frequency Seperation more as a dated easy fix option and I'm guessing most high grade retouchers use dodge and burn to greater effect.

There are tools out there (Plug In's) which might make you think differently.

Leigh Miller's picture

imagenomic portraiture if used properly in conjunction with D&B and healing brush tool

Wouter Oud's picture

That's $200 for a plug-in and the examples on the website look superbad to me. And you would still need to D&B en heal anyway...
Sounds like a bad deal.

Joshua Barnes's picture

Its not just about using something its about knowing how to use it if you apply it correctly then layer mask and control the opacity it comes out pretty great its a time saver and also a way that you can control it. I have seen some amazing photographers use it i have been trying it out for the pass 10 days and i love it.

Leigh Miller's picture

Would love to see some of your retouching work.

Todd Becker's picture

Portraiture works great for wedding, sr, and family stuff where you want to spend less then 10 min retouching. For anything more high end its obvious and looks bad. Take a good look at your own skin work then look at some professional beauty retouches. The difference is quite large. https://www.reddit.com/r/retouching/
http://imgur.com/a/fqq9Y
http://www.solsticeretouch.com/

I really like what they did with Wow! Frequency Equalizer Pro.
It is like Frequency Separation done right.

I would add LAB mode to the list.

Selena Jain's picture

For retouching any image, frequency separation can be a great choice in Photoshop. Specially for touching up the face its just perfect. I would love to show an example of retouching here which has been done by using frequency separation.

Todd Becker's picture

Number 1: The brush tool

Malissa Lea's picture

I have been told that dust & scratches works well to instead of frequency separation. I would love to hear thoughts on that.

Wouter Oud's picture

I think within frequency seperation it works better than gaussian blur for sure.

Nico Socha's picture

Dont use Frequency Seperation for retouching! Please! I am a full time retoucher for some big players (YSL, Loreal, Essie, and so on). Nobody in this stage is using FS, please dont use it!

Jason Vinson's picture

frequency separation is a great tool for people that dont need the extreme detail required by high end publications. Most people cant afford to spend hours retouching a single image so frequency separation gives users a quick option that also yields very good results.

Craig fouts's picture

Frequency Separation has its place in the tool kit just like every other tool in photoshop used for retouching. If your using it to just smooth skin then you are not using it right. Its a great blending tool for transitions between highlights and shadows. I use frequency separation quite often but majority of the work is done in dodge and burn. It's not about speed its about what is the best tool for the job. Using Frequency Separation with the mixing brush tool can be quite amazing. It's understanding how and when to use the tool.