Portraits are personal. They focus on the face of the subject. They strive to capture their personality, individuality, or current mood. A portrait can be stunning in its accuracy, or fantastical, depending on how the subject wishes to be portrayed.
Photographers go to great lengths to select the right location and set up prop objects for the portrait scene. Every person is unique, and there will always be details that distinguish one portrait from another. Endless possibilities are employed using distances, lighting variations, camera angles, and posing techniques.
Enhance your portraits with post-photography techniques using Photoshop, Illustrator or both. Treatments using brushes, textures, layer blends, adjustment layers, gradients can be applied in just the right balance. No one wants a portrait loaded with effects or excessive enhancement. The challenge is to determine what treatment would fit your portrait subject best.
The following tutorials demonstrate various treatments in which to render portraiture. Whether it be a vector portrait, enhanced photos, composites, or even self-portraits, these treatments will spark fresh ideas for your next project: