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- Photoshop Tutorials - Photo Touchup in Photoshop - By: Tommy Johansend
Good photos can be the difference between life and death, at least for your design. Learn how to make the most of them.

Every photo has issues of its own, details that, if changed, could result in a whole new quality photo. In this guide I'll show you the process that the image on the right went through. Keep in mind that this guide is nothing but an example of techniques that you may take advantage of when processing your own photos. With a little luck you'll be able to learn from it.

- Step 1
Getting started
The first things I noticed about the photo I chose for this task:
(click on the image to view a larger version)
• The skin tones are a bit dull.
• The modell looks tired.
• The, supposed to be, white sweater or jacket has too much cyan in it.
• The eyes seems to be out of focus.
• The hair looks green in certain parts
...and the photo suffers from very strong compression.

Obviously, the steps I'll show you in this article won't apply for all photos. I'll show you some techniques you can use, but you'll have to decide for yourself which are useful to your photos and in what way to use them.

- Step 2
Color correcting
First off for this photo I wanted to correct the colors. Add an adjustment layer ( found in the layer palette) for Selective Color. Next you'll have to use your eyes and judge for yourself what looks best. These are the settings I used with the Selective Color adjustment layer:
Colors: Reds (Cyan: -17, Magenta:-4, Yellow:+17)
Colors: Yellows (Cyan: -74, Magenta:+58, Yellow:+21)
Colors: Whites (Cyan: -100, Magenta:-9, Yellow:+3)

This takes care of the skin tones in the photo. Unfortunatly it also makes the whites on the right shoulder too yellow, so I maked out the jacket so I can adjust the white in another adjusment layer.

Do that by selecting the layer mask shown above, then paint away the areas you don't want to affect with a black brush.

Now add that second Adjustment layer for Selective color. For this I used the following settings:
Colors: Cyans (Cyan: -100, Magenta:-12, Yellow:+6)
Colors: Blues (Cyan: -100, Magenta:-89, Yellow:-3)
Colors: Whites (Cyan: -21, Magenta:-13, Yellow:-8)

For the mask of this layer, fill it with black and paint the jacket with a white brush.

Add a third Adjustment layer for Selective color. We need to take care of the blue part on the lower parts of the jacket. I used these settings:
Colors: Yellows (Cyan: +31, Magenta:-100, Yellow:-100)
Colors: Blues (Cyan: -80, Magenta:-100, Yellow:-54)
Colors: Whites (Cyan: -100, Magenta:-28, Yellow:-26)

Fill this mask with black and paint the blue areas of the jacket with a white brush.

Add one final Adjustment layer for Selective color. This will be for the hair. Colors: Reds (Cyan: +1, Magenta:+7, Yellow:+30)
Colors: Yellows (Cyan: -100, Magenta:-100, Yellow:-21)
Colors: Greens (Cyan: -100, Magenta:+100, Yellow:-100, Black:+100)
Colors: Cyans (Cyan: -67, Magenta:-64, Yellow:-100)
Colors: Blues (Cyan: -73, Magenta:+53, Yellow:+67)
Colors: Whites (Cyan: 0, Magenta:0, Yellow:-4)

Make the mask for this so only the hair is white.

- Step 3
Compare: (original to the left - click on the images for a bigger version)
 
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