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Healing Chapped Lips for Portraitsđź’‹

photoshop basics Feb 19, 2020

Have you ever had a client come in for their session with chapped lips?đź’‹


Even putting on chapstick does not fix the defined lines that will be prominent in the photograph. When you’re putting a lot of work into your portraits, you don’t want something like chapped lips to throw everything off.


In this tutorial, I explained the technique I use to heal chapped lips using Photoshop. It is not just smoothing out the lips. There are different tools in Photoshop that you can use to heal chapped lips and make it look like they were never chapped. One of the tools I used was the healing tool.


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The method I use in the tutorial focuses on the highlights and shadows on the lips. When you’re editing a ton of portraits, you want to use whatever is the quickest method. Although the method I mentioned isn't the quickest, in my opinion, it’s quicker than using dodge and burn.  


There were some extra steps I took after editing the cracks in them. For this tutorial, I did use a straight-out-of-camera image and in the full tutorial, you can see that I do edit the luminance in to bring back the highlights from the healing I did.


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You can really go in there and do as much as you want to get the lips all healed up. If it’s something that's far away I wouldn't put too much work into them especially if there are several portrait images you have to edit. If it is a close-up image, I would take more time to edit.


This tutorial is great to have in your bag of tricks for editing and it will help you deliver beautiful images. Sign up for the premium membership to watch the full tutorial.


Happy editing!

Tara Lesher


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