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4 ways to retouch portrait photos

Give your portraits a professional finish with a little bit of editing. In this tutorial, you’ll learn 4 techniques for creating polished portraits. Depending on your picture and preferences, you can try one or all of these edits.

  1. Optimize your image settings
  2. Reduce wrinkles and blemishes
  3. Create a bokeh effect blurred background
  4. Crop your image

Portrait with bokeh blur effect


1.     Optimize your image settings

If your photo looks a bit dull or flat, you can try adjusting some settings.

One-click correction

The easiest way to optimize a photo is to use the Auto-correction function. This will automatically boost color and light in your image.

Auto-correction button in Photo Studio

Image adjustments

You can also use the sliders in the Adjustments tab (select Tools – Correction) to improve certain settings on your image.

For example, increase exposure, saturation, and contrast for a brighter, more vivid picture.

Learn more about different ways to enhance a photo.


2.     Reduce wrinkles and blemishes

If you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes in a portrait, you can do this using the tools in the Erase Objects tab.

  • Using the paintbrush selection tool, highlight lines, spots etc. that you want to remove.

Selecting areas to erase

Photo Studio will remove the selected areas to leave a more air-brushed finish.

Tip: for the most natural results, adjust brush size to get a more precise selection.

Learn more about the Erase tool.


3.     Create a bokeh effect blurred background

Blurred backgrounds are popular in portrait photography as they help draw attention to the subject of the picture, while keeping a natural look.

You can add a bokeh effect in the Remove Background tab.

  • Click the Blur option and select a level of blurriness.

Blur options in Photo Studio

Learn how to edit a photo background


4.     Crop your image

Last but not least, you can crop your portrait photo. Cropping helps cut out distractions and place your subject centrally in your photo.

Cropping a photo

In the Edit Photo tab, click Crop and choose a preset ratio. Some popular formats include:

5:4 – common for portrait photos and compatible with Instagram

3:2 – if you want to print a 6×4 photo

1:1 – for a square image, also good for social media

Cropping a portrait photo to square format

See our full photo cropping tutorial


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