How to Enhance Freckles in Photoshop

There are a number of reasons why freckles may look washed out in portrait photography. This tutorial provides you with the knowledge and skills to enhance existing freckles.

Freckles don’t always show in images as they do in person. This can be through makeup application, where base makeup inadvertently minimizes or covers freckles along with the attempt to minimize blemishes. Lighting can be a culprit when it comes to washing out skin detail, such as with very diffused lighting, which leaves freckles looking less prominent than they do in real life.

Luckily, there are editing techniques available that can enhance freckles back to their former glory to be seen as they are in person. There are a few different ways to achieve this, and in this informative video brought to you by Kayleigh June, there are several methods discussed and demonstrated to give you plenty of options to add to your editing workflow in a way that suits you and suits the particular image you are editing.

There are simple tweaks through adjustment layers or more work-intensive methods through using dodging and burning to help bring out some of the more difficult to see freckles present on the skin. As with all portrait editing, the key is in subtlety here, and Kayleigh expertly demonstrates how to achieve a seamless edit that looks like it was captured right out of camera.

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Kim Simpson is a photographer based in the West of Scotland. Her photographic practice is an exploration of the human experience, with a particular emphasis on themes of identity and belonging.

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