Here is a quick glamour tip for Photoshop CS4 to add some "Wow!" to eyes and lips. It involves a Vibrance adjustment layer, the Masks panel, and the Brush tool. This is a quick retouch that gives you a lot of control.
(It is possible to use the Photoshop CS4 Sponge tool set to Vibrance and Saturate. You get less control. In my experience, it's easy to end up with too strong an effect. Lips can end up looking like too much lipstick was applied, etc.)
This is a quick and easy technique for giving photographs some extra "pop." You can use this with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. It will also work with other photo editors, like GIMP, that support layers and an Overlay-type blending mode.
This technique adds "pop" by increasing contrast. It's more pronounced than using something like the Clarity slider in Adobe Camera Raw or the TLR Clarity Enhancement effect, but it's a "softer" contrast adjustment than just whacking contrast around with something like a Curves "S" curve.
When you work with masks or brush in editing, to do the job well, you need to make changes to brush size, opacity, hardness, and fill while you work.
If you want to make changes while you brush without leaving your place to adjust settings on the Options Bar, you can instead use these helpful keyboard shortcuts.
Ever wanted to add your signature as an artist to the corner of a photograph? Well, it's easy to create a Brush Preset in Photoshop for your signature using whatever font you prefer. You can even embellish your signature with some line art, if you like.
(This same technique will work for adding a copyright, a watermark, etc.)
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