Use Adobe Photoshop to retouch a photo.
Removing minor blemishes and imperfections from your photos can have a major impact. In this article, see how visual artist Gabriel Isak retouches an image in Adobe Photoshop.
Based in Sweden, Gabriel Isak is a visual artist who focuses on themes related to psychology and dreams in his work. He received his BFA in photography from San Francisco’s Academy of Art and has since exhibited his work around the world.
Before you start.
Use these sample images or practice with your own.
Step 1: Brush away distractions
Isak selected the Healing Brush and brushed over the seams, zip and wrinkles in his photo. Each time you move to a new area, reset the source point for the brush using option-click (or alt-click).
Step 2: Reposition elements
The Content-Aware Move tool, nested under the Healing Brush, allowed Isak to easily move objects around. He made sure that Mode was set to Move in the Options bar, drew a selection around the white ball and dragged the object to its new position.
Step 3: Eliminate imperfections
Isak noticed small imperfections around the white figure and used the Spot Healing Brush to remove them.
Step 4: Never settle
With a few simple adjustments, you can turn an almost-perfect photo into a perfect one.
Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.