Anya Sonova

Portrait Retouching

Retouching is one of my favourite projects to work on in Photoshop. I like to enhance the natural beauty of a person through the careful removal of blemishes, scars, wrinkles, and shadows. I found this stock portrait of this young girl who had small acne breakouts which was perfect for testing my skills.

To keep the original composition as it was, I did not adjust any lighting for the setting. Instead I only worked on the face to perfect the skin to restore the youthful glow and smoothness she normally has. I used spot healing for most acne, dodge tool and skin tone painting to lighten the shadows on her right eye, and some clone stamping to even her cheek texture.