35 Helpful Photoshop Post-Processing and Photo Editing Tutorials (Part 2)

Photoshop can be an immensely useful tool for professional photographers, especially in portrait and wedding photography. It allows you to tweak the details of a photo to make a scene or portrait even more beautiful.

Part 1 of this series listed a good range of tutorials for Photoshop effects, which alter the overall atmosphere of a photo. However, if you’re trying to solve a particular problem, like discolored teeth or lipstick smudges, you need specific tutorials for those issues.

The tutorials below can help you fix specific problems you might encounter during post-processing. Most are geared towards portraits and landscapes, but you can use the same ideas in other genres, too.

Just remember that there’s a fine line between looking beautiful and looking fake. Unless you’re intending to create a surreal, unrealistic photo, make sure you’re not pushing your photo edits too far. The best corrections are subtle.

General Fixes: Color and Sharpness

Sometimes, everything about a photo is perfect except for one thing. When that thing is the photo’s color or sharpness, there’s a lot you can do to rescue the image in Photoshop. You don’t have to throw away a great candid shot or striking composition just because it lacks color or sharpness. Try first to make the following adjustments.

Salvage An Image With Defective Color in 10 Minutes
color correction

Correct Color with the Curves Adjustment Tool
curves adjustment

Harmonise Tricky Tones and Colours
Harmonise Tricky Tones and Colours

Make Colors Pop
How to Make Colors Pop in Photoshop

Enhance Detail with Color and Tone Adjustments
Enhance Detail Using Correction

Sharpen Your Photos
How to Sharpen Your Photos in Photoshop

Sharpen Images with Frequency Separation
frequency separation

Editing Portraits

When you’re shooting professional, wedding, or family portraits, part of your job is to get unique shots that show the model’s personality. The other part of your job is to make the model look good. While you’re not expected to be a plastic surgeon, your clients will be happier if your photos show off their best side. Sometimes, that requires Photoshop.

From removing zits to fixing frizzy hair, you can achieve a lot with photo editing. We’ve included a few tutorials with unusual edits, like changing hair color or making a woman look older, so you can get a wide scope of what’s possible.

Create Porcelain Skin with Natural Airbrushing
porcelain skin photoshop

Create Smooth Skin
How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop

Fix Unwanted Hotspots on Portraits
How to Fix Unwanted Hotspots on Portraits

Retouch Images with Frequency Separation
frequency separation

Whiten Teeth
How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

Whiten Teeth & Eyes
white teeth

Create Eyes that POP in 3 Steps
bright eyes

Master Realistic Eye Editing
eye editing

Create Thicker Eyelashes
thicker eyelashes

Make Yourself Stunning with Digital Retouching
How to Make Yourself Stunning with Digital Retouching in Photoshop

Improve Skin Tones, Modify Shadows and Light, and Enhance Eyes and Hair
photoshop makeup

Fix Lipstick and Correct Lip Lines
How to Fix Lipstick and Correct Lip Lines

Fix Frizzy Hair with the Oil Paint Filter
oil paint filter

Change Hair Color
How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop

Cut Out Hair
Hair Masking: How to Cut Out Hair in Photoshop

Age a Woman’s Face
age progression

Editing Landscapes

Landscapes are not as finicky as people, but they can nevertheless be difficult to capture. These tutorials can help you tweak and improve your landscape shots, as well as give you some fun ideas to play with.

Dodge and Burn (Darken or Lighten) a Landscape Photo
How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

Retouch Gradient Skies
Retouching Gradient Skies in Photoshop

Blend a New Sky in a Landscape
Blending a New Sky in a Landscape Photograph

Replace a Sky
How to Replace a Sky Using Photoshop

Add A Realistic Rainbow To A Photo
rainbow

Create a Devastating Twister
tornado

Fun Stuff

Photo edits don’t always have to be “serious” and realistic. You can create fun and fantastical images that blend reality with your imagination. At the very least, these tutorials will help you get to know Photoshop better and use tools you haven’t touched before.

Add Light Streaks To A Photo
light streaks

Manipulate Light, Fire, and Flames
Light and Fire

Creatively Blur Parts Of An Image
Photoshop Tutorial Blur

Remove a Background
How to Remove a Background in Photoshop

Add Texture to a Photo
How to Add Texture to a Photo in Photoshop

Manipulate Smoke to Create Hyper-Real Images
smoke skull

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