Keep your photo retouching skills up to date28 November 2018
Photo retouching skills are vital in my line of work. It’s always a good thing to brush up on these skills. It is especially important to keep up to date with new photo retouching tricks.
I began believing that I have reached a peak in skills and time management. Recently I saw a few videos that have woken me up as far as what is possible with photoshop.
Photo retouching skills
Here is one example of a great “how to” video I found on YouTube about removing unwanted objects from a photo :
What I have hardly ever used, was the fill selection tool (with content aware and colour adaption ticked). Check out around minute 1.10, you will be amazed at how quickly the photo retoucher removes an unwanted person. I hardly use the fill selection tool after I had a few bad results when using this on a photo retouch with a tricky background. Forgetting this useful tool at my disposal, I have wasted tons of my retouching time. I have gotten used to using the more traditional clone stamp and healing brush tool, which can end up being way slower.
That is why now I set aside a certain amount of time a week to keep my photo retouching skills up to date. The internet is a wealth of information. You just have to get past the cute puppy clips that seem to be the default YouTube recommended video at the moment. With a bit of searching using the right keywords, you will find what you are after.
One channel that I find very resourceful is Tuts & Motion graphics – they cover many subjects including photoshop. You will not believe how powerful this tool really is!
After watching that video on how to quickly remove an unwanted person or object in photoshop. I tried the fill selection tool in the above photo. It was way faster than using the clone stamp or healing brush tool. Obviously it will not always work. But if your photo retouching skills are up to date, you will certainly find an alternative to fix the photo.