Five Photoshop Retouching Skills for Beginners

There are countless Photoshop videos and tutorials out there, but it can often be daunting for beginners to wade through them to find the worthwhile ones. In this video, Jeff Rojas discusses five of the most common tools used in retouching, and shows in simple terms how to best use them. If you're a true beginner, this video can prove extremely useful, but be warned, if you've been using Photoshop for a while, this will most likely be way below your skill level.

Here are the tools that Rojas highlights:

  1. Spot healing brush - This tool is great for quick removal or small blemishes, pimples, wrinkles etc... It lets you simply click on the blemish and it removes it by sampling the areas around the blemish. It doesn't require you to click a sample area first, making it a fast option.
  2. Healing brush - Unlike the Spot Healing brush, this tool requires you to choose a sample area before removing the blemish. A bit more time consuming, but also more accurate.
  3. Patch tool - This tool allows you to choose a specific area of the photo that you want to replace, and then choose another area that you want the tool to sample from that is the exact same size and shape. It's similar to the Healing brush, but works with larger areas.
  4. Content Aware tool - Ideal for extending areas of an image, or replicating certain areas, the Content Aware tool works like magic (hopefully) filling in areas seamlessly and naturally.
  5. Clone Stamp tool - Possibly the most-used tool, and certainly one that has been around for a long time, the Clone Stamp tool creates an exact copy, rather than an approximation of the selected pixels. It can be great in some situations, but can also be a telltale sign of an image being Photoshopped if used too liberally.

With those five tools, you should be well on your way to being able to retouch an image. There are of course countless other tools that you need to master as you progress, but these should provide you with a solid base to build upon.

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Thank you infinitely for the share! :)