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Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers by Scott Kelby

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12 Things You Need to Know Now to Make Your Retouching Easier

I know you want to get to retouching, but I promise you—if you take just a few minutes to read these 12 things, you’ll better understand what you’ll be doing, why you’re doing it, and you’ll get better results faster from your retouching. Really. I promise.

#1 Think Small

If I could only give you one piece of advice, one secret about successful retouching, it would be to work with a small brush as much as possible. Of course, as photographers, most of us just want to get the job done as quickly as possible, so we use a large brush, which does get things done faster, but often picks up a repeating pattern (repeats a speck, or hair, or blemish from the area where you sampled), or it ...

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