5 Steps to Perfect Portraits Using Photo Editing Software

With the growing importance of photo editing, it is imperative for photographers, even a Portrait Photographer London to learn the ins and outs of photo editing software as a way to enhance their images and make them better. Here’s sharing some tips as to how to make the most of such software and have better looking portrait photographs in the process.

Step 1 – Add layers

If you are going to make some significant changes to your image, always make it a point to add at least 1 layer on your image where you can do your editing of the image. The importance of adding a new layer to your image is that you don’t get to do any changes on your image so in an instance when the change you made is incorrect or if you may need to go back to the image original, you can do so simply by clicking on the original layer of the image. Make it a point to add a layer for every significant change you do on the image to easily review the work you have done.


Step 2 – Use the Image Analysis Tools

The first thing you need to learn in Photoshop is reading the image analysis tools which tell you what you need to know about the image you wish to work on. One of them is the Histogram which provides information on the exposure of the photograph, whether it is under or over exposed, as well as the tonal range. There is also the Eyedropper tool which provides you information about the color in the image, especially if a certain color in the image is too dominant that you may need to correct. Then there is the Info palette (or window) which provides numerical feedback on your image which serves as a handy reference, especially for advanced users.

Step 3 – Correct Image Brightness, Contrast, and White Balance

Once you’ve learned how to read the image analysis tools, you will have a better grasp of editing the photo’s brightness, contrast, and white balance as these tools also allow you to make the necessary corrections. Try going around these different elements with the different corrections you can do until you get a more balanced portrait image as a result with the colors and lighting done just right.

Step 4 – Sharpen the image

To make your portrait images look better especially on greater resolution, use the sharpen tools in the software. One of these tools is the Unsharp Mask which is available in Photoshop. This command actually uses a blurred copy of the original image to reduce the dynamic range and effectively sharpen the points with higher contrast and some greater detail as well.

Step 5 – Draw the focus to the face

It has often been said that faces are generally the most interesting part of an image, most especially in portrait photographs which should be. The viewer’s eyes are naturally drawn to faces but you can help boost this natural tendency by playing with the elements such as the highlights and shadows of the image. One can do corrections but be mindful that these corrections should cause the photo to look too unnatural which is a no-no in portrait photography.



With more learning and practice, you should be able to make your portrait photographs even better. Keep in mind that above all, else the photo should present your subject at his/her best and whatever editing you will do should not serve to distract the view from the subject in the photo.

Of course, it is important to constantly learn new techniques for better looking portraits. There are a lot of resources available in photo editing portraits that you can check out.

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