Enhance your portraits by using 3 amazing photoshop skills
In the three photos below, I used three simple techniques that stylized, personalized, and enhanced each photo. Photoshop skill #1 is to dodge and burn the highlights and shadows. It gives it a cool effect! Photoshop skill #2 is to darken the background in order to focus all attention on the model’s eyes. Photoshop skill #3 is using the curve to lighten shadows and balance highlights. By using these photoshop skills, your portraits will turn out amazing!
Photoshop skill #1: Dodging and burning is a tool in photoshop that deepens the shadows and raises the highlights. You can see in this cowboy’s jacket that the light parts are lighter than the original and the dark parts are darker than the original. It makes it stand out more.
Photoshop skill #2: In the original photo, the model’s face was almost the same brightness as the background. To make her stand out, I used a radial gradient around her face and used the dodge tool to highlight certain parts of her face. Now look back at the photos. In the original photo, your eyes move the background and the model’s face. In the edited photo, your eyes are drawn directly to hers.
Photoshop skill #3: Using the tonal curve in photoshop was crucial in this photo. As you can see, the original photo was very contrasted. You could not see much detail in the background, and her face was too bright. Raising the shadows and lowering the highlights created the stylistic effect in this photo.
Textures.com is a great source for ready-to-use photoshop textures. https://www.textures.com/
Photography talk is a website with more tips and tricks for you to enhance your portraits. https://www.photographytalk.com/post-processing/7535-28-amazing-photoshop-cc-tips-tricks-and-hacks
Also check out Peter Mckinnon for ideas on how to edit your portraits. http://www.petermckinnon.com/