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Perfecting a portrait


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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Perfecting a portrait

The new Perfect Portrait Guided Edit is like getting a free makeover. When you're working on a portrait, this Guided Edit will walk you step-by-step through a series of techniques to soften skin, remove blemishes, brighten eyes, even slim down a face. As you can imagine, this is my favorite Guided Edit. Let's see how it works on this portrait of me. I've opened the photo into Guided Edit and now I'll go to the column on the right and I'll go down to the Fun Edits and I'll click on Perfect Portrait. That opens these instructions.
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training
11h 20m Beginner Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Downloading files from a digital camera
  • Importing photos into an Elements catalog
  • Applying keyword tags
  • Organizing photos into albums and Smart Albums
  • Automatically adjusting photos in Quick Fix
  • Walking through Guided Edit photo techniques
  • Understanding photo resizing and resolution
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Making and refining selections
  • Correcting photos in the Full Edit workspace
  • Applying image sharpening
  • Adding text and special effects
  • Creating photo projects, such as greeting cards and calendars
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Perfecting a portrait

The new Perfect Portrait Guided Edit is like getting a free makeover. When you're working on a portrait, this Guided Edit will walk you step-by-step through a series of techniques to soften skin, remove blemishes, brighten eyes, even slim down a face. As you can imagine, this is my favorite Guided Edit. Let's see how it works on this portrait of me. I've opened the photo into Guided Edit and now I'll go to the column on the right and I'll go down to the Fun Edits and I'll click on Perfect Portrait. That opens these instructions.

I'm just going to start at the top and work my way down through the many instructions in this Guided Edit. The first portion of the instructions is all about enhancing the texture of the skin. I'll start by blurring the skin, and then I'll just paint that blur in where I wanted on the face. So, as the instructions say, I'll click Apply Smart Blur, and that opens the Smart Blur filter dialog box. I'm going to click in the preview there and drag down, so that I can see my face. What I want to do here is make sure that this preview is really blurry, so blurry that I really can't see the wrinkles and blemishes on the face.

I'm going to leave the settings at their defaults with the exception of the Threshold slider, which I'll drag to the right to make the photo more blurry. I'll put it about there and then I'll click OK, and now you can see the blur here in the Document Window. If you're wondering why the edge of the face is a little bit bumpy, it's because Elements has zoomed me into an uneven percentage. It's done that, so that I can work with the Blur Brush which is in the next step, on the entire image. Next, I'll click Reveal Original and that brings back the unblurred version of the portrait.

And then, I'll click on the Blur Brush here in the instructions, and I'm going to use this brush to paint the blur back in just over my skin. There are some suggestions here for making the brush work better. One of those is to go up to the Options bar and to reduce the Opacity from 100% down to around 50%, and that will allow me to brush the blur in more gradually. The instructions also tell me to avoid brushing on top of my eyes and lips, because I want those to remain sharp. So, I'll click and drag with this brush over my forehead, and you can see that it's blurring the skin there, making it look softer.

In order to avoid the eyes, I'm going to make my brush tip smaller by pressing the Left Bracket key on my keyboard several times. That's the key just to the left of the P key. And then I'll continue on smoothing out the skin on the face. Around the eyes, I'll need to make the brush even smaller, and when I get to the neck, I'll make it bigger again by pressing the Right Bracket key. Now, if I make a mistake and I paint over something that I don't want to blur, say my necklace here, that's okay, because I can step back click by click by going up to the Edit menu and choosing Undo.

Now, it says Undo Eraser because the Blur Brush is really erasing the original image, so that we can see down through to the blurred copy below. So, I'll click once on Undo Eraser, and that will take me back before I painted over the necklace. In order to make the portrait look more natural, I want to increase contrast in the midtones. To do that, I'll click the Increase Contrast button here in the instructions, and I can do that more than once if necessary. Now I'm going to scroll down to see some more instructions. The next part of the instructions is all about enhancing the facial features.

First, I'll select the Spot Healing tool, which I can use to remove blemishes and fix small flaws. I'll move into the image and I want my brush tip to be just bigger than the blemish that I want to remove. I'll click on that blemish and in just a second it's gone. If you look up in the Options bar, you'll see that the Spot Healing Brush is using a brand-new technology in Elements 9 called Content-Aware Fill, and it does a great job of removing these small flaws on my face. I'm going to skip over the next tool, the Red Eye Removal tool, because I don't have any red eye effect in this image, since it was taken in natural light without camera flash.

I'll go down to the next tool which is the Dodge tool, which I can use to brighten the eyes. I'll move into the image and I'm going to make my brush tip a little smaller, so it's no bigger than the inside of my eye, and then I'll click and drag over that area. I'll do the same on the other eye, and that both lightens and brightens the eyes. The next tool is the Burn tool, which I could use to darken the lashes and brows as if I were adding a little makeup. I don't wear much makeup in real life. So, I'm going to go up to the Options bar and I'm going to reduce the Exposure.

I'll click and drag over the word Exposure, and I'll bring it down to maybe 33%. And then with a small brush tip, I'll click and drag over my upper lids, and my lower lids, to darken the lashes there. I might bring the Exposure down even more to do the eyebrows, and then I'll click and drag to darken the brows a bit. I can use the same tool to add a little lipstick by dragging over my lips, and then I'll go onto the next tool which is the Whiten teeth tool.

I'll select that and then I'll move into the image and with a really small brush, I'm going to click on my teeth and drag. This tool works like the Quick Selection tool or the Whiten teeth tool in the Quick Fix workspace. It both selects and brightens at the same time. Here, the tool selected more than just my teeth; it also got some of my upper lip. So, I'm going to go up to the Options bar and I'll click on this Minus symbol to subtract the lip from the selection, and then I'll come and drag over my lip, so that only my teeth are selected and whitened.

Then I'll press Ctrl+D on my keyboard, that's Command+D on a Mac keyboard, to delete that selection. The next step is optional, and that is to add a glow to my face. To show you how that works, I'll click Add Glow, and that opens this large Filter Gallery dialog box with the Diffuse Glow Filter selected. Over here, on the right, are some options that I can use to control the amount of glow which is previewed over here on the left. If I drag the Glow Amount slider way over to the right, you can see that I get this kind of glamour portrait glow.

I think that's a bit much, so I'm going to back off on that. Maybe I'll leave it at about level 3, and I can also add Graininess to add to that glamour effect. Actually I like a little less Graininess like that. And if I want to bring more clarity back into the image, I can drag the Clear Amount slider to the right, and that makes it look a little more natural. When I'm done, I'll click OK. And then, I'm going to zoom in to 100% by selecting the Zoom tool and clicking 1:1 to smooth out the edge of the skin.

The last effect is also an optional one, and that is to attempt to slim down the face by clicking the Slim button. Well, that sounds good to me. So, I'll click once, and if I want I can try a second click, but I think that's a bit much. So I'll go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and I'll undo one of the slims. I'm going to scroll down to the bottom of the instructions, where there is a Reset button. So, if I really hate this result, I can click this button to go all the way back to the beginning and I can start again. But I like the result, so I'll click Done, and all that's left to do would be to save and close the image by clicking the X here on the Document window.

As you've seen, this Guided Edit has a lot of steps. It's managed to simplify a number of different techniques that would have taken me much longer to apply manually in the Full Edit workspace. Before you share portraits online or in print, consider running them through this Perfect Portrait Guided Edit, and then, prepare yourself for compliments and thanks from your family and friends.

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