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Apr 11, 2024

Portrait Retouching for Consistency


*PSA: You have entered the realm of large file sizes. Your patience is appreciated! Things may take longer than usual to load and respond to user input here.


Here's a breakdown of some of the changes that I made to elevate the Steel Warrior Films brand and team portrait consistency:

#1, 3, 6: Re-created missing part of the images so all faces could be positioned consistently
#2, 4, 5: Sharpened using AI to add in missing details caused by blurry focus
#1, 2, 4: Generated new background where under-exposure had destroyed details
#4: Isolated overexposed areas on face that had lost information and generated new skin texture
#3: Changed background and lighting to match the other photos
#2: Fixed ‘hat hair’ and hat crease on forehead
All Images: Dodged and burned

I'm also currently remastering her website! Go check it out at


Client Feedback (If Applicable)

Anna Graves

Dawson was able to make all the portraits on my website look consistent and much better overall. One photo was taken on a completely different day at a different locaiton, but he was able to match that one with all the others. He was very organized and detailed in his communication throughout the job. I would recommend him to anyone!



Sometimes the galleries will fail to display images and instead display a single color or a very pixelated image. This can happen because some of my portfolio images are very high resolution, (even up to 15,000 pixels across- Photoshop's maximum export size) which can cause them to load slowly for some users. 

Here are two things you can try if you think something weird is going on:

1. If you see a solid color, try refreshing your browser tab.

2. If you see a blurry image, first try waiting a bit if your internet is slow, and if that doesn't work, try step 1.

Also keep in mind that depending on your internet speed, when you click on one of these images for full-screen mode, it can take up to several minutes before you see the full-resolution version!

Things not looking right? Skip down to Troubleshooting.

Image Restoration

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