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.
- Optimize your image settings
- Reduce wrinkles and blemishes
- Create a bokeh effect blurred background
- Crop your image
1. Optimize your image settings
If your photo looks a bit dull or flat, you can try adjusting some settings.
The easiest way to optimize a photo is to use the Auto-correction function. This will automatically boost color and light in your image.
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.
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.
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
See our full photo cropping tutorial
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