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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
With this movie I would like to show you how to whiten teeth and eyes in a portrait image. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing our exercise files folders and what I would like to do is scroll down here in the Content panel, double-click on the Retouching folder and I'm going to double-click on the whiten teeth and eyes folder and then double-click on the retouching-03.psd image. So here we have our image and what I would like to do is whiten the teeth and the eyes in this image. Let's go ahead and zoom in some by pressing Command+Plus a few times so we can really see what's going on here.
Right now the eyes and the teeth are just a little bit yellow, so I want to clean that up and the way I'm going to do that is by making a selection of those areas first and then apply a Hue /Saturation adjustment layer, because remember adjustment layers allow you to work nondestructively. We're already working with a layered damaged here because we have got a Retouch layer. I can turn that on and off, you can see what we have changed already in this image. It's looking really good. We have also fixed up some red eye in here. That looks really, really good too. So let's go ahead and keep moving forward, fixing up this image and doing so nondestructively. At first I'm going to focus in on this mouth area, I'm going to use the Lasso tool over here to make this selection.
I could try and use something like the Quick Selection tool or maybe one of these guys in here, the Magnetic Lasso tool, if I need it will help with it. But obviously this is a pretty simple selection, so not that difficult to trace with something like the Lasso tool so let's go ahead and try it. First I'm going to zoom in a bit more, I'm going to hold down the Command key and the Spacebar key and marquee right over the mouth area in order to zoom right in on that part of the image. With the Lasso tool now, I'm going to just click and drag in order to trace around this area inside of the mouth, get all of the teeth in there and there we have, a basic selection. If we need to add to an area you can hold down Shift and then maybe click over those pixels in order to add them to the selection, but that looks pretty good. I don't think we missed too much in there.
Now the next thing I want to do is actually I'm going to select the background layer so that when we create our adjustment layer that would be right above the background. From the Adjustment Layer menu I'm going to choose Hue/Saturation. Now when I have this dialog box up, what I can do is I can drag the Saturation slider to the left, and as I do, it's going to start to strip the color out of that selected area. Now if I drag too far it's basically going to turn this into a Grayscale area, which we don't want to do. We just want to lose a little bit of the color. In fact, I think the better thing to do here is rather than strip all the color out by decreasing saturation, maybe go into a specific area of color. So let's choose Yellows here from this menu and drag that all the way to the left.
Because that's what we want to remove anyway, is the yellow. That looks a lot better to me. Now we can go back into the master and if we still need to, we can drag the Saturation slider just over it slightly in order to help out, but not too far because if we do that we're going to make a Grayscale and we don't want to do that. So what happened was when we made a selection it actually turned the selection into a mask so that we're only affecting that selected area. This adjustment is not affecting any of the other areas in the image only in that selected area.
That's why we made the selection first. Make the selection first, then when you create the adjustment layer it turns that selection into this mask. Black conceals and white reveals, so the selected area is now white inside of the mask, that's that little speck, right in here in the icon. Let's go ahead and click OK to close that dialog box. Next thing we want to do is add the eyes to this. We didn't select the eyes first, but that's okay. We can actually adjust this mask. I'll show you how to do it. We'll start with the Lasso tool again and we're going to go ahead and just click and drag over these areas, the white areas of the eyes. There is one part, now I have to hold down the Shift Key in order to add to my selection and select the other part of the eye. Now let up on the Shift key for a moment, hold down the Spacebar and then click and drag in order to scroll over to the left.
Now hold down the Shift Key again, click and drag with the Lasso tool in order to select that part of the eye. I actually missed a little bit right there, let's get that and then do the same thing still holding down Shift on the other side of the eye. So now we have both eyes, the whites of both eyes selected. What we can do now is because we have the mask area selected inside of our adjustment layer in the Layers palette is we can fill these selected areas with white. Again, black conceals white reveals. So if I hold down the Command key and press Delete, it fills those areas in the mask with white. So now I can deselect, Command+D, you could see it's now taking on the same adjustment that we gave our mouth selection earlier. Let's take a look. There is the before with some yellow. There is the after with the adjustment applied, after we added our selection into the mask.
Let's zoom out some and take a look at the image overall. Now we've corrected the teeth and the eyes in this image, there is the before and there is the after. All we had to do is make a quick selection using the Lasso tool, tracing around those areas. We have to be a little careful when we do that, but it's actually not very hard. Once we make that selection, create your adjustment layer. That automatically applies your selection to a mask and the adjustment that you're applying is only affected in those areas. We whitened our teeth, whitened the eyes in this image by dragging the Saturation slider in our yellows all the way to the left and that's what it allowed us to do that.
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