Some ramblings about skin

Ah, skin. It plagues us, doesn’t it? Here’s a few random thoughts to keep in mind when you’re tackling your portraits. You can’t edit it globally Don’t fall into the trap of trying to manipulate white balance to make skin look good. White...

Patch Tool for eye bags

A simple fix for under-eye circles.  It doesn’t work for every photo, but when it does work, it’s quick and easy. (Elements doesn’t have the Patch Tool, but this method applies pretty much the same to the Clone or Healing tools.) First, duplicate the...

Whitening eyes

This tutorial is written for Photoshop, but it should be applicable to any image editing program. Warning – there’s some mathematics involved. Only basic addition and subtraction, but I tend to have a calculator at hand! Step 1: Make sure you’ve done...

Whitening teeth

This tutorial is written for Photoshop, but it should be applicable to any image editing program. Step 1: Make sure you’ve done all your global enhancing first. Small edits like teeth and eyes should be among the last steps in your workflow. Step 2: Loosely...

Flipping an eye

This quick tutorial describes flipping an eye to replace a crooked false eyelash.  However, the principles of this method have far greater reach.  Copying-and-flipping can be used to repair tiny things like eyes and teeth, huge things like entire sections of...