I've learned a lot here over the years, and I know lots of others have as well, so I thought it would be fun to have a Portrait Version of "How'd you do that?" I'll start, but I hope lots of others pop in with cool things you have learned, and how you do it. This is a photo I took at an e-session on Saturday. I shoot RAW, so this image already has white balance and exposure adustments. It's definately not the best of the session, but one that has a lot of different things done to it. and this is the final result: First, I cropped to the size I know the image will end up being. The power source on the tree was driving me crazy, so I cloned it out first. (I always clone at 40 percent opacity or lower because it gives a much more natural effect.) I always go over a clone with healing brush, as it brings back texture. Ditto with the nail in the second column. Had to go. The second part has to be done with extreme TLC. Put the photo into liqufy, and GENTLY shape the bodies into a flattering proportion. Most people don't like their own photos because they are unaware of their true body image.....so make it a bit more pleasing....they will buy LOTS of photos. Once happy, render, and go back to edit. The third thing I do, is heal all the skin blemishes on the original image. Then I go back and on a dupe layer and heal out stuff like lines and creases. That looks pretty fake though, so because I'm on the dupe layer, I can go back in and lower the opacity to something realistic, yet appealing. Then a little dodging on teeth and eyes, each done on their own dupe layer so I can adjust. The final thing I do, is step back and look at the light. I'm not good enough to nail it in camera yet, but have a couple of cheats in PS. On their own dupe layers, do overall general dodging an burning. I also use another separate dupe for a Vivid Light burn. Open your layers, and select burn at about 20 percent opacity. In your new dupe layer, you will see a pull down menu where it says "Normal". Play with all the options! I like vivid light, so I use that to draw the eye to the subject. Then, I lower the opacity. Painting with light is fun once you get used to it. How long did it all take? Under 5 minutes. Huge difference though. Ok, let's all post a neat trick, 'cause I'd love to learn your short cuts too!