If you are not after photo restoration perhaps its photo retouching instead? The skills of a Photoshop artist should not just be limited to restoration of old photos, but everything. This helps the digital artist perfect their skills using many different techniques, many of which can be used across a wide range of imaging tasks. Some photo restoration techniques can be used in photo retouching and vice versa.
Below is an example of retouching and balancing out the proportions of a models face. Retouched using Photoshop, not a plug-in designed to do the job for you. These result in a clinical less natural retouch, without the fine control you get when you do it the right way.
A list of retouching that was performed:-
- Blemishes removed
- Any wrinkles (hardly any)
- Toned down any blueness where veins show through
- Hair – Hairline darkened to the left to balance the face, Patch of hair added to the forehead, Few stray hairs removed
- Fix odd shadows and distractions
- Face shaping, nose and jaw
- Skin Smoothing (without losing any detail)
- Eyes – Added eyelashes, removed contact lens edges, sharpening of eyes, catch lights added for extra punch
- Lips – Smoothed lips, lip colour and high lights, smile evened out
- Check to adjust the colour tone
Avoid the plastic skin look, that is to say, smooth and silky with no texture or detail, its fake and obvious and screams retouched. keep the details and treat it like a restoration, remove too much and the story changes.
Face retouching uses the clone tool, healing brush tool (quite a lot), clone to darken and clone to lighten, blending modes, and shadow correcting much like restoring an old photo. Sure you’ll use one more than others but trying your hand at other types of Photoshop wizardry will help you as a well-rounded artist.