Keep your photo retouching skills up to date

28 November 2018

Photo retouching skills are obviously vital in my line of work. It’s always a good thing to brush up on your retouching, especially to keep up to date with new photo retouching skills and digital manipulation tricks.

With the knowledge that I have years of photo retouching experience, I got quite complacent about my retouching skills, how I use Photoshop and more importantly the time it takes me to complete a retouch – especially when I have a big deadline to meet.

I began believing that I have reached a peak in skills and time management. Recently I stumbled upon a few videos that have literally given me a kick up the backside as far as what is possible with photoshop.

 

Photo retouching skills

Here is one example of these skill, a great training video I found on YouTube about removing unwanted objects from a photo :

What I have known about and hardly ever used, was the fill selection tool (with content aware and colour adaption ticked), – check out around minute 1.10 and you will be amazed at how quickly the photo retoucher removes an unwanted person. I have hardly used the fill selection tool after I had a few bad results when trying this tool on a photo retouch which had a tricky background. Forgetting this useful tool at my disposal, I have wasted tons of my retouching time, as 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 suggested 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 really resourceful  is Tuts & Motion graphics – they cover many subjects including photoshop. You will not believe how powerful this tool really is!

 photo retouching skills updated

A quick person removal using the fill tool

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.

So my suggestion is, when you have down time and get sick videos on youtube of people falling over or funny pets, head over to a learning channel and pick up a few tricks and tips to improve your retouching skills!

 

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