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A Full Tutorial on Retouching a Portrait Using Photoshop

Knowing how to light, pose, and shoot a good portrait is only half of what it takes to produce a compelling final image; you also need to know how to retouch in a tasteful and balanced yet creative manner. If you want to improve your portrait retouching, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will walk you through an entire edit using a variety of advanced techniques and features all in Photoshop. 

Coming to you from Eli Infante, this excellent video tutorial will show you a complete portrait retouching process using frequency separation for hair work, dodging and burning for skin, and color grading, as well as take a look at Photoshop tools like Selective Color and Gradient Maps. If you are new to retouching, one critical thing to always remember is that less is more. It is very easy to go overboard, particularly with today's powerful software tools. Take time to zoom out every few minutes and look at how the overall edit is progressing, and step away from your computer for a minute or two when you are done so you can evaluate the image with fresh eyes one more time before you hit export. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Infante. 

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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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