Beautifying Your Photos

Never has looking good in pictures matterred more to people than it does now. With all the different types of cameras available today and all the social networking Web sites, everyone wants to put their best picture forward. Now, I’m not quite experienced when it comes to cosmetics, but I can certainly teach you all how you can beautify your pictures using Photoshop. Let’s get started, shall we?!

This is the photo I started with:

Open your picture in Photoshop and switch to the Channel pallette. In the Channel pallette, click on “Red,” which will deselect everything else.

With the Red Channel selected, hit Ctrl + A, which will select everything for you. Then copy it by using Ctrl + C. Next, go back to the Layers pallette and make a new layer. Then paste (Ctrl + V) the image you just copied.

Now, it’s time to use your favorite filters! Go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur and a new box will open. The settings you use depend entirely on your image, so feel free to experiment. The idea is to make the layer blurry enough, but not incomprehensible. Here’s mine with a setting of 7.8.

Okay, let’s now try a few different effects. You can change the layer mode to Soft Light for a major change. Similarily, you can try other blending modes, such as darken, overlay, vivid light, etc. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your images a bit more pleasing to the eye.

Here’s what I ended up with:

Cool, huh? Give it a try with your pictures today!

~ Yogesh Bakshi