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Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes

From: Aperture 3 Essential Training (2012)

Video: Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes

One of the times that I often had to leave the comfy confines of Aperture and go to Photoshop was when I had to do a little bit of portrait retouching, especially on the skin. Well, no more. We have the tools now in Aperture 3 to actually do portrait retouching right here in the application, and I want to show you how easy that is. We'll go ahead and work with this image right here. I'm going to go ahead and hit the F key to go to Full Screen mode, and then I'm going to hit the V key, and we're zoomed in right now.

Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes

One of the times that I often had to leave the comfy confines of Aperture and go to Photoshop was when I had to do a little bit of portrait retouching, especially on the skin. Well, no more. We have the tools now in Aperture 3 to actually do portrait retouching right here in the application, and I want to show you how easy that is. We'll go ahead and work with this image right here. I'm going to go ahead and hit the F key to go to Full Screen mode, and then I'm going to hit the V key, and we're zoomed in right now.

So, that's terrific, because I want to be zoomed in. However, I do want to reposition her a little bit. So, I'm holding down the Spacebar, and that allows me to reposition. Now I want to bring up the Heads-Up display because we're going to do a little editing. So, I'm going to hit the H key to do that. It's locked by using the Lock Switcher, which I want because I just want it right here. We'll reposition Bonnie just a little bit more, and now I'm going to do a two-step retouch. The first thing that I'm going to do is actually work on some of these blemishes just real quick. They're small.

But I usually recommend that before we do the skin smoothing. So, I'll go to Adjustments, and I'll bring up my Retouch tool right here. We're going to automatically choose source. We're just going to let Aperture do that because we're working in this nice skin area. I want a small Radius because I'm just working on little blemishes like this by clicking on them. I could make my Brush bigger by using. in this case. the Scroll Wheel, or I could move the Radius, like this. If I want more Softness, and that's around the actual area that's being corrected, I can increase Softness, but we're fine right now.

And we'll go at full Opacity. We don't really need Detect Edges on for this, so I'm going to turn that off, and we'll just make this little smaller. And I'm just going to go through and just work on a couple of these little blemishes, so you go through, clean up the blemishes firs. That's step one. And once you get them the way that you want, then we can go to skin smoothing. So, I'm not going to clean up all the blemishes now. I think you have the idea. So, I'll go ahead and close this tool. Now I'm going to use one of the new quick brushes for actually smoothing up the skin.

So, I'll go back to Adjustments. I'll go to Quick Brush. We'll bring up Skin Smoothing. We can control the Brush Size right here, Softness and Strength. We're going to go full Strength on this because I want you to be able to see the changes. We also get a Brick when we do this. That allows us to adjust the Intensity and the Detail and of course, the Radius is how much the adjustment affects outside of the pixel. How far does it radiate? So, let's just do a little smoothing right now.

I'm going to make my Brush Size a little bit bigger. We'll just start on the cheeks. I'll just go ahead and smooth a little bit of the skin right here on the cheeks. Now, you want to stay away from the eyes and you want to stay away from the lips. We want those to be nice and sharp, same thing with the hair. We'll do a little bit right here on the nose and right here, just bring that in a little bit. Now, I'm going to make my Brush Size a little bit smaller. I'm using the Scroll Wheel, and we will just work underneath the eyes.

Now we don't want to get rid of everything. I mean this is still Bonnie. We want it to be Bonnie. We just want it to be Bonnie on a really good day. That's what we are after here, just Bonnie when everything is just right, lighting wise, and so forth. So, now we've cleaned that all up. We can do a little bit more right here too. Stay away from the lips. The chin is fine, and we can do just real quickie, little right there if we want and maybe just a little bit more right here. I think we are in pretty good shape.

Now if I want to I can play with the Intensity of my adjustment by going down to this Brick and just moving the slider. As you see, you can go way too far very fast with this. We definitely don't want to do that, and if we move the Intensity all the way back, it's like we didn't do the adjustment at all. We can see the pores, so it's usually somewhere in the middle. And all we want to do is just a little bit of enhancement. We don't want to get rid of everything. I think that's a pretty nice adjustment right there. I'll go ahead and close this, and we can turn it off and on by clicking right here.

So, there is our before adjustment, and there is afterwards. We can always go back and do more brushing if we want by clicking on the Brush tool, and that will bring that back up, and we can continue working. Now I'm going to go ahead and zoom out. I'm going to hit the Z key again to pull this back out. And there is our adjustment. So, we did a nice, subtle portrait adjustment. But if we made a print or if you looked at this in a large view, you would be able to tell the difference and when the client sees it, it looks natural.

So, she is not going to go "Wow! What did you do to me?" other than, "You got a very nice photo that day, didn't you?" And I'll say, "Yes, we did."

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  1. 2m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 41m 2s
    1. Understanding the system requirements
      1m 46s
    2. Understanding key Aperture terms
      6m 5s
    3. Touring the interface
      4m 43s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing the top toolbar
      2m 5s
    6. Setting up two monitors
      2m 44s
    7. Configuring for faces and places
      5m 37s
    8. Understanding RAW files
      5m 5s
    9. Following the recommended Aperture workflow
      3m 23s
    10. Running Aperture Library First Aid
      1m 53s
  3. 45m 49s
    1. Preparing for import
      7m 38s
    2. Using managed libraries or the referenced file approach
      8m 7s
    3. Creating metadata presets
      5m 23s
    4. Adding keywords on import
      1m 44s
    5. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 48s
    6. Using the RAW+JPEG option
      3m 36s
    7. Importing movies from your digital camera
      3m 10s
    8. Importing images from a hard drive
      4m 29s
    9. Importing images from an iPhone
      3m 48s
    10. Importing live images from an iPad or an iPhone
      3m 6s
  4. 39m 22s
    1. Working in Projects view
      6m 33s
    2. Working in Photos view
      3m 22s
    3. Viewing in full-screen mode
      5m 25s
    4. Zooming to actual size
      1m 23s
    5. Using the Loupe for a closer look
      3m 24s
    6. Showing focus points
      1m 28s
    7. Using Quick Preview
      1m 22s
    8. Proofing profiles and on-screen proofing
      2m 58s
    9. Customizing metadata overlays
      5m 26s
    10. Managing previews
      5m 34s
    11. Learning the heads-up displays
      2m 27s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Creating projects and albums
      3m 22s
    2. Rating images by stars and color
      9m 52s
    3. Flagging images
      2m 0s
    4. Organizing a series with stacks
      5m 47s
    5. Grouping images with Smart Albums
      3m 20s
  6. 17m 22s
    1. Understanding the Aperture 3 library
      2m 45s
    2. Switching between Aperture 3 libraries
      2m 21s
    3. Exporting single or multiple projects as libraries
      3m 0s
    4. Merging multiple libraries into one
      3m 53s
    5. Splitting libraries
      3m 5s
    6. Sharing libraries
      2m 18s
  7. 58m 21s
    1. Defining the difference between master and version files
      4m 47s
    2. Working with the Adjustments pane
      6m 28s
    3. Updating RAW processing from previous versions of Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Reading a histogram
      2m 8s
    5. Adjusting white balance
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting exposures
      4m 37s
    7. Enhancing photos
      3m 24s
    8. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 34s
    9. Customizing auto adjustments for levels and curves
      1m 50s
    10. Adjusting tonality with the Levels tool
      5m 45s
    11. Adjusting colors
      5m 5s
    12. Converting color pictures to black and white
      4m 14s
    13. Sharpening edges
      5m 54s
    14. Using the Vignette effect
      3m 9s
  8. 41m 13s
    1. Cropping images
      4m 39s
    2. Retouching blemishes
      7m 39s
    3. Fixing spots
      3m 2s
    4. Using Straighten Crop and Flip
      2m 19s
    5. Fixing a chromatic aberration
      2m 9s
    6. Reducing visual noise
      3m 5s
    7. Making adjustments with the Curves tool
      8m 53s
    8. Rotating images
      1m 22s
    9. Removing the Vignette effect
      2m 0s
    10. Using the Color Monochrome and Sepia tools
      4m 27s
    11. Considering the Sharpen tool
      1m 38s
  9. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing brushes
      2m 53s
    2. Using quick brushes
      7m 7s
    3. Using adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    4. Retouching portraits with adjustment brushes
      5m 10s
    5. Creating multiple bricks for a single adjustment
      3m 25s
    6. Applying presets
      5m 46s
    7. Modifying presets
      2m 39s
    8. Highlighting hot and cold areas
      1m 51s
    9. Roundtripping to Photoshop
      3m 49s
    10. Using the edit plug-ins
      2m 52s
    11. Customizing the Adjustments pane
      1m 30s
    12. Batch processing with Lift and Stamp
      3m 9s
  10. 20m 41s
    1. Setting up face recognition
      4m 37s
    2. Searching for faces
      3m 43s
    3. Working with images that have existing tags in places
      3m 18s
    4. Adding geo tags using places in Aperture
      4m 28s
    5. Searching by place
      4m 35s
  11. 15m 42s
    1. Applying keywords
      4m 52s
    2. Creating unique captions quickly
      3m 17s
    3. Batch changing
      7m 33s
  12. 7m 0s
    1. Using the Search box
      4m 24s
    2. Creating Smart Albums for searching
      2m 36s
  13. 12m 48s
    1. Exporting masters and versions
      9m 10s
    2. Using the export plug-ins
      3m 38s
  14. 6m 44s
    1. Developing a backup strategy
      2m 23s
    2. Backing up with vaults
      2m 18s
    3. Restoring from a vault
      2m 3s
  15. 29m 52s
    1. Viewing your images via a quick slideshow
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up complex slideshows
      8m 19s
    3. Customizing individual slides
      8m 6s
    4. Adding video to your slideshows
      4m 13s
    5. Pulling a still frame from a movie
      1m 37s
    6. Exporting slideshows
      3m 43s
  16. 21m 39s
    1. Preparing your book project
      7m 9s
    2. Adjusting your book
      4m 54s
    3. Creating a custom template
      7m 2s
    4. Outputting your book
      2m 34s
  17. 22m 21s
    1. Emailing a photo from Aperture
      3m 27s
    2. Seeing your Aperture library from other applications
      1m 59s
    3. Building a web page
      4m 57s
    4. Publishing a web gallery
      3m 22s
    5. Publishing images to Flickr
      5m 58s
    6. Publishing images to Facebook
      2m 38s
  18. 10m 58s
    1. Printing a single image
      6m 32s
    2. Printing multiple images
      3m 4s
    3. Ordering prints from within Aperture
      1m 22s
  19. 36m 8s
    1. Taking advantage of Retina display Macs
      1m 56s
    2. Understanding the unified library for iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of the advanced white balance adjustment
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding the changes in the revised Shadows and Highlights tool
      5m 23s
    5. Using Professional Auto Enhance as a starting point for image editing
      3m 24s
    6. Creating your own Auto Enhance presets
      2m 6s
    7. Using iPhoto effects in Aperture
      1m 34s
    8. Increasing performance with Fast Browsing combined with Quick Preview
      3m 40s
    9. Controlling Photo Stream in Aperture
      3m 52s
    10. Deleting images from your Photo Stream
      2m 2s
    11. Deleting images from the iPhone, reordering projects, and setting the desktop photo
      2m 33s
    12. Transferring photos into Aperture from the iPad and the iPhone
      2m 31s
  20. 1m 35s
    1. Looking ahead
      1m 35s

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