The power to create amazing beauty is the most famous – or infamous – facet of Photoshop.
This photo is a little under-exposed, but it’s a beautiful photo of a beautiful lady:
To begin with, I lighten the photo overall:
The top half is still a little dark for my liking, so I lighten it up a little more:
A little more lightening in a few areas. Now I’m satisfied that I have a good base image to work on:
I select the skin, and balance the color a little. Any areas that were too pink or too yellow are now “under control”:
I duplicate the skin, and create a “perfect” skin layer. This looks ridiculous at this stage:
By reducing the opacity of the “perfect” layer, I allow some of the realistic skin texture to come through. The aim is to create a flattering appearance, without looking “plastic”:
Finally, some small cosmetic adjustments, and some sharpening.
Use the slider to compare the original to the final image: