Quickly and easily retouch shiny skin in Photoshop & Lightroom
Shiny skin can sometimes be a problem for portraits, especially if you don’t have a makeup artist. Camera LCDs are so small that you might not notice the shine while shooting. When the shoot’s all over and you’re looking at the images on the computer monitor, what can you do?
There are a million different ways of dealing with shiny skin, but Photographer Joe Edelman is here to give us a couple of very quick methods for both Photoshop and Lightroom. It may not work for every situation, but you can never know too many techniques for Photoshop or Lightroom.
I usually go with either frequency separation or the simple clone stamp & healing brush tools within Photoshop, depending on my needs at the time.
Those methods can take a lot of time, though, and this is a very quick and easy method. Even if it doesn’t end up giving you the final result you want, it can let you quickly get a rough idea of how an image would look with the shine reduced or removed.
What’s your favourite method for dealing with shiny skin? Let us know in the comments.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.