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Tutorial preview: Reshape facial features

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Magazine previews, by Julie Bassett

We show you how to use Masks, Transform and Clone tools to retouch profile shots

When creating a commercial retouch image that deals with facial reconstruction, you must be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to the finest details. Half the battle is retouching something to the point where it is totally transformed, but it seems that it hasn’t been retouched at all.

Some will tell you that this is easier said than done, but in this tutorial you will learn the quickest ways to get the best effects and make this process more manageable. Photoshop is integral to this project’s success, mainly due to the power of its layering and layer mask capabilities. Camera Raw is essential too and is where we will begin the process.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to rebuild features by establishing contours, working with Photoshop Curves, Color Range adjustment layers and their attached layer masks. We’ll also explore the optimum ways to reconstruct facial shapes in a fashion that won’t shift pixels, using the Warp and CS6 Liquify tools. As with every retouch project we’ll also wield the cloning and healing tools, with the Patch and Healing Brush tools featuring heavily, showing you the best ways to clean up images.

Read more in Advanced Photoshop 97, on sale 14 June 2012 from and

Tutorial preview: Reshape facial features