Apply the Right Amount of Retouching

We have all seen beautiful portraits ruined by aggressive retouching. How can we tell if a portrait crosses the abusive retouching line? It’s simple, if the person’s own mother doesn’t recognize them, you’ve gone too far. Thankfully there are many retouching programs that help us achieve pleasing results. My ally in the retouching battle is Perfectly Clear by Athentech.

Harness the Power of Smart Objects

By adding smart objects to our workflow we can apply the filter as a smart filter. This makes our edits non-destructive, in other words, we can make changes to the image after we apply the filter. Once we have the image looking the way we want, we save and close the image.

5 Easy Steps for the Right Amount of Retouching

Step 1: Create Smart Object by right clicking on the background layer and select Convert to Smart Object.

Step 2: Apply Perfectly Clear as a Smart Filter is easy. From the Filter menu click Athentech Imaging and select Perfectly Clear to launch the plugin.

Step 3: Start with a Default Preset by clicking on Beautify.

Step 4: Tweak your image by adjusting the sliders. Start from the top and work your way down. Perfectly Clear is intelligent enough not to apply a setting if it doesn’t need it. 

Step 5: Save Preset by clicking on the plus icon found at the bottom of the adjustment panel. Name your preset and add a brief description describing what the preset is used for.

Using Perfectly Clear will help you to apply the right amount of retouching to any image. Give it a try.

Want to try it before you buy it? You can get Perfectly Clear for free!