#17 Quick & Simple Portrait Retouching in Lightroom and Photoshop

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 3, 2013

Category: Videos

Hi Folks,

Just to let you know that Episode 17 of my Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom video show is now online!

In this episode I go through the retouch of a portrait set against a black background originally taken outdoors using my Invisible Black Background technique.

The retouch starts off in Lightroom where I make use of virtual copies with a view to using layer masks later in Photoshop to combine 2 pictures and get the ‘best of both worlds’ combining the background of one with the detail of another.

There’s lots of little tips and techniques along the way too including using Clarity for added Character and how to use Gradients and the Radial Filter in Camera RAW to give a fake light ‘fall off’ effect.

Hope you like it and as always feel free to share it with others … hint, hint 🙂

Any questions / comments feel free to drop me an email to glyn@www.glyndewis.com or leave a comment in the section below.

In the mean time though have a great Thursday and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


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  1. Dominic

    Afternoon Glyn,

    Yet another great VidPod. Major thanks to you for sharing this info, people can’t fail to learn a thing or two here, including me.

    They say you learn something new everyday, well I learnt two.

    Never before have I sent anything to PS from LR as layers……laziness has lead me to use the top click on my Wacom pen to instantly send whatever photo/s is/are highlighted straight to PS. So I’ve never seen the option to send as Layers.

    The other is going down the Virtual Copy route and creating the two exposure to blend via layers in PS. Very handy for me with the white background shots, as I sadly use a cloth background and its not always perfectly white cos of the wrinkles across it, specially when working with kids.

    Anyway, I’m waffling, huge thanks again!

  2. John Skinner


    Thanks for all of these lessons. I have a question.

    In situations where one will be requiring or doing more than one shot from a shoot.. How can one make sure that there is a continuous “look” to all of those images from that day?

    Post processing runs the gamut from faces, removal of articles, dodge & burns.. But along with that, is the final process technique to give the entire shoot continuity.

    If you could offer any tips on doing this.. It would be great.

    – John


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