Professional Portrait – using Photoshop

On December 30, 2010, in Gallery, Photoshop, by Amiya

Level: Intermediate

Lets start with this photo. The photo is quite good but lacks that
professional touch.

Duplicate the background layer. So the layers that we have are background layer and background copy layer.

Select background layer.
Go to filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur

Select a value between 2 to 5. I selected a value of 3.

We need to make a selection of everything except the main character from the background copy layer. There are many ways of doing that but in this case I would recommend Quick mask mode. Press Q to go to quick mask mode paint the girl using brush tool

In case you color undesirable parts you can simply use the eraser tool.

You may have to zoom in and out and change brush size. Quick way of doing that is to use square bracket keys "[ and ]" and use the navigator to zoom in and out.

You should get something like this.

Get out of quick mask mode by pressing 'Q'.

We need to make the selection edge smooth. To do that press ctrl+Alt+D to get feather menu, enter a value of around 5.

With the background copy layer selected hit delete. Now move to background layer. Go to filter -> blur -> Gaussian blur

Enter a value of around 5 to 10. I selected a value of 6.

Hit OK. Now select background copy layer. Set the blending option to Screen.

You get the final result. Isn't it amazing!

Just do a comparison and you'll be surprised.

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