With spring right around the corner, I thought this photo from last season would be a good one!
After opening the file in Photoshop, I created a curves layer and used the following curve:
This curve brightens up the midtones and brighter areas but leaves the darker tones (shadows) pretty much where they were in the original image. Here is the effect:
Now I want to warm up her skin a bit, so I create another Curves layer. I first adjust the Red channel and add a touch more red (which reduces the cyan).
Then I pull up the Blue channel (still on the same Curves layer) and decrease the blue (which increases the yellow).
You can see how slight the adjustments were, but they do make a difference in the photo.
Next, I am going to smooth her skin (I know it’s really smooth already, but this will just polish it up a bit!). I am going to use Portraiture and run it on it’s own layer. I masked the effect off her hair, eyebrows, eyelashes at 90% and off her hand/fingers at 50%. It’s probably hard to see in the screenshot, but trust me, you can see the difference when you’re doing it on your own computer!
Now I’m going to add a little saturation with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. I’m going to increase saturation to +15. Then I’m going to mask it off her skin and hair at 90%, and off the flower at 50% (it got a little neon after adding saturation). This makes her clothes, the flower, and the green behind her a bit more saturated and bright.
The last thing I will do to this photo is sharpen it! I used the High Pass Filter and sharpened just her eyelashes, lips, and the flower. Here is where we’ve taken it!
Total time to edit, about 1 minute. Easy peasy!