Older People: How to Edit Their Portraits

There is a lot of tutorials about beauty retouch on the net. But what if you don´t want to hide all the beautiful wrinkles which make from a man real person and not just another pretty face?

Today I will show you my way of editing this kind of portraits on few simple steps.

The first thing I always do when I´m editing portraits is sharpening. To make your portrait sharper go to Filters > Other > High Pass... and set the value Radius so you can see contours of the picture. Press OK and change Blending Mode of this new layer on Overlay.
Now add new adjustment layer Selective Color and play with all Colors to get the result you want. I wrote this article about using of Selective Color if you want to know more.
In this case I set the Colors as it´s written bellow:
Reds: +20; -2; +4; +6
Yellows:  +22; -6; -24; -29
Whites: -24; +5; +12; +31
Neutrals: -8; +1; +4; -14
Blacks: +2; +1; +34; +4
(First number means setting of Cyan, second of Magenta, third of Yellow and forth of Black)

As you can see Selective Color ads contrast to the picture, makes it lighter and also lower saturation in red tones.

To increase the contrast bit more I usually add adjustment layer Gradient Map with similar colors as it´s shown bellow:
and then change the Blending Mode on Soft Light.

The last color adjustment thing you should do is to lower the saturation bit more. To do that add adjustment layer Hue/Saturation and set the value Saturation on -15.

I usually add vignette. If you want to do it too grab Marquee Tool (M) and select the whole picture. Then press Ctrl + Shift + C to copy merged image and then paste it on the top of your layers.
Then go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction... and play with Vignette Amount and Vignette Midpoint.

That´s all. It´s really easy way of editing pictures but it provides very nice results.