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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Apply a Light Powder to Portraits With Actions

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This post is part of a series called Adobe Photoshop in 60 Seconds.
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Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Light Powder Retouching

As a photographer or designer, it's your duty to maintain the integrity of the photo you're working on while removing imperfections. And to keep yourself from getting that plastic, unnatural look, you can always opt to use a Photoshop Action. Browse the wide selection of Retouching Photoshop Actions on GraphicRiver to help you with all your photo needs.

In this quick tutorial, learn how to apply a light powdery finish to your photography using this Professional Retouching Actions Kit. And download the original Woman Stock to try this out yourself!

How to Apply a Light Powder Retouching Photoshop Action

Open your photo into Photoshop and Load the action into the Actions panel. Here is the original photo we'll be using for this tutorial.

Original Woman Hat Stock from PixabayOriginal Woman Hat Stock from PixabayOriginal Woman Hat Stock from Pixabay
Woman Hat Stock from Pixabay.

Now select the Light Powder action from the Retouching Group and press Play. It may take a few seconds for your action to play out.

Play the Light Powder Photoshop ActionPlay the Light Powder Photoshop ActionPlay the Light Powder Photoshop Action

To adjust the effect, simply play around with the settings located in the New Group created from the action. I lowered the Opacity of some layers and Hid the Visibility of others like the Pop Layer to fine tune the result. You can also combine actions from the original package to create a softer look.

Customize the Retouched EffectCustomize the Retouched EffectCustomize the Retouched Effect

Here is the final retouched photo below.

Final Light Powder Retouched PhotoFinal Light Powder Retouched PhotoFinal Light Powder Retouched Photo

Want to see this in action? Check out the quick video above to see this at work!

A Bit More Detail

Learn more tips and tricks to improve your photo retouching skills from our experts. Check out the following tutorials below:

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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