Create a Moody, Cinematic Portrait with Photoshop

This  video tutorial by portrait photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid) takes a look at retouching a portrait in a cinematic moody/gloomy style.

Dodson starts with a portrait image he  shot in late 2013 on a rainy day in Philadelphia and use Photoshop to do some simple retouching and color toning to. Dodson shows skin and eye retouching as well as effectively using Adjustment Layers to color grade and create a very cool looking picture.

Dodson also uses high pass filtering technique – something we have already covered here in more depth on Michael Woloszynowicz’s video “Enhance Texture and Detail with Intelligent High Pass Sharpening in Photoshop” as well as burn and dodge (something that we covered on many videos including Aaron Nace’s “Retouching Eyes in Photoshop: Color, Brighten and Sharpen“).

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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