Photoshop is a difficult application, especially when working with models and jewelry. I was lucky to start with a great shot that mostly needed superficial work. The unique challenge I was faced with was knowing that this image would be blown up and printed out on a large foam core for a party for the magazine. This meant I had to ensure that at that large scale it would still look perfect.
3. Edit in Layers
Always. Always. Always create a new layer before making any changes. Before I make any edits I duplicate the original photo and keep that layer on top so I can toggle the visibility on and off to check my progress. This helps me keep track of my edits and ensure I haven't taken anything too extreme. It also allows me to revert back a step if I decide I don't like the direction its going in.
2. Use the Liquify Tool Carefully
The liquify tool can be your best friend, but it must be used sparingly. This is the tool that celebrities use that warps the mirror in their selfies so you can tell where they have nipped in their waist. I would never tell you to make a model look thinner, or to edit the shape of someones face, but sometimes the client wants these things done. In this case I used the liquify tool to smooth out her dress so you couldn't see where it didn't quite fit. I also used it to fix the part in her hair where the stylist failed to get it straight. This is a great place where a new layer can help you ensure that you haven't gotten too crazy.
1. Airbrushing Doesn't Have to Take Hours