Quick Tip: Using Photoshop Check Layers For Better Retouching

Feb 17, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Feb 17, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Here is a useful idea, using Photoshop’s adjustment layers for quickening and improving retouching.

Quick Tip: Using Photoshop Check Layers For Better Retouching

While usually adjustment layers are used for… how should I put it… adjusting, Calvin Hollywood shows a different way of using them. Rather than use adjustments layers to tweak the photo, he uses them as temporary ‘check layers’. Those layers are actually your ordinary adjustment layers, but taken to extreme to reveal otherwise hard to find flaws in retouching.

YouTube video

Here are two examples from the video:

1. By adding a channel mixer adjustment check layer and pulling the red slider back while pushing the blue slider makes it really easy to find skin flaws to retouch. (See the image at the top of the post)

2. Adding a levels adjustment check layer and darkening it helps finding dust on a gray background.

Quick Tip: Using Photoshop Check Layers For Better Retouching

This is it, sweet & simple today.

[Checklayer in Photoshop via Regina Pagles (BTW, Regina’s photography is just awesome, check her out)]

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Udi Tirosh

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3 responses to “Quick Tip: Using Photoshop Check Layers For Better Retouching”

  1. Shineylewis Avatar
    Shineylewis

    Thank you so much for the mention!

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      Thanks you for the sharing that discovery

  2. Karen Schmidt Avatar
    Karen Schmidt

    Adjustment layers work tremendously for fixing the color of an image. I loved the tips you have mentioned here.