I worked for a year in a photography studio, so I have some professional experience doing this kind of work.
Here I describe my process for editing images, revealing (and then hiding) flaws, cleaning up plain backgrounds, and bringing out the detail in hair, highlights, eyes, jewelry and tattoos.
Model is Grace @GracieuxLove
Hope you enjoy!
I’m using an older version of Photoshop CS5, but if you’re using more modern versions, all the same functions should still be there.
Tools used and Keyboard Shortcuts
Ctrl+E: Merge a layer down
Ctrl+J: Duplicate the current layer
Ctrl+L: Adjust Levels
Ctrl+B: Adjust colour balance
Alt then I A C: Image, Adjust Contrast
Shift+F6: Feather a selection
Shift+F5: Fill a selection with a colour
W: Wand selection
O: Dodge & Burn
R: Rotate image
J: Healing brush
S: Clone Stamp
D: Resets foreground colour to black, and background to white
Sorry if I missed anything!