Unlike skin retouch methods of 20 years ago which entailed
photographic professionals yielding brushes and correction pens
that did little to create natural looking edits, the skin
retouch features of today’s software programs offer a vast array
of options for removing blotches or stray hairs, smoothing out
less than perfect skin texture, and basically working a photo
into a display-worthy picture that anyone can be proud of.
Skin retouch work can do so much more than clean up a few
surface blemishes. The right software can brighten a complexion
that perhaps was shot in a less than flattering light. It can
fade age and liver spots without leaving an artificial cast on
the skin, and basically take a photograph otherwise destined for
obscurity and transform it into something special.
Many skin retouch techniques include low and high pass filtering
that work brilliantly to soften any complexion. Combined with
meticulous air brushing, professional photographers as well as
amateurs can now create stunning portraits that maintain the
skin texture and fine details, and therefore the natural look of
the subject in the photo, while eliminating those blemishes that
detract from the beauty of the featured subject.
Once you choose the right photo editing software for your budget
and needs, practice is all it takes to master the new fine art
of skin retouching. Most programs come with instructional guides
and even videos, and a quick web search can take you to hundreds
of free tutorials and blog sites that can assist you.