Photo retouching is fun! My Friend Catherine Elise from Panama posted a photo of her baby on Facebook. It was a cell phone snap, and was quite dark, with some large, deep creases in the blanket that drew the eye, distracting from her beautiful baby. It started out at 720 pixels on the long edge.
I did a retouch and resize, resulting in a much larger image at 2048 pixels on the long edge. Basically, I enhanced the photo modifying the exposure, clarity, the color tones and contrast, and I did some noise reduction and spot removal.
Tools used: Adobe Lightroom 5.3, Perfect Resize from OnOne Software (part of Perfect Photo Suite 8), and the DFine 2 noise reduction plug-in from Nik Software (Google).
For noise, using DFine2 is a dream. It doesn't have a batch mode, but it's very easy to create an action in Photoshop that will process a folder full of files. I haven't quite figured out how to use the manual settings as well as I should. The automatic mode works very well. For manual noise reduction, I love Topaz Labs' DeNoise 5 – it's relatively easy to use and can give incredible results.
Tip: Use your mouse to move the divider from side to side