If you have plenty of background pixels surrounding an object, you can zap it in a hurry using the Fill command’s Content-Aware option.
When it comes to retouching, the Spot Healing Brush and Healing Brush tools are perfect for repairing or removing items and then blending surrounding pixels so your changes look real.
It’s easy to apply digital makeup to portraits in Photoshop, though it’s important that your subject has some makeup on before you snap the shot—even if it’s a subtle neutral color—so you have realistic texture to work with.
The blur filters in Photoshop are just the ticket for simulating movement in a photo. Not only does this increase visual interest, but it’s also a useful effect for stock photographers. By using smart filters, your original remains unharmed and you get an automatic mask that you can use to hide the motion from parts of your photo.
Follow along with Lesa Snider as she shows how to add highlights to your photo subject’s hair using blend modes in Photoshop.
Here is a romantic, soft-edged vignette technique. It is created using a layer mask combined with the elliptical marquee tool and its feather slider.
Lesa Snider demonstrates techniques for brightening the teeth and eyes of your portrait subjects. Use an empty adjustment layer in combination with lightening blend modes, layer masks, and the brush tool to paint your adjustments in non-destructively.
Learn about some creative uses for the new field blur filter in Photoshop CS6. In this video, Lesa creates background effects using field blur and the Bokeh effects.