Retouch the Entire Image
While it may sound obvious, many beginners make the mistake of retouching only the face. For ideal results you should take your time to catch any mistakes that might be on the entire photo. For example, you should take your time to catch distracting dust spots, marks and hairs.
Don’t remove birth and other character marks. While a photo can seem too good without a given mark, you should avoid removing it. This is to ensure that the image represents the owner. For example, if you are retouching a photo of an old man with wrinkles you should retain the wrinkles in order to give character to the photo.
Removing character marks not only makes it hard to identify the person in the photo, it also gives the impression that you are poor in your photo editing skills.
Avoid Relying On Tutorials
While you will learn a thing or two on how to retouch a photo by reading tutorials, you should avoid relying on them as the photo retouching tools change every now and then. The best way of going about it is ensuring that you fully understand a program before you work with it. This way you will be able to retouch a photo even if you don’t have the tutorial with you.
Be Cautious Of Curves
“Curves” is a very powerful tool in photo editing. If you are a beginner you should be very cautious of how use it. If you don’t have any experience with the tool you should consider turning the blend mode to luminosity in order to prevent the curve from impacting the color and skin tones.
Ensure the Eyes Are Sparkling
For the photo to have a perfect finish you should retouch the eyes and ensure that they are sparkling. One of the best tools to use in getting the sparkling eyes is the Eye Doctor actions. As rule of thumb you should avoid overusing the tool in order to prevent the eyes from looking fake.