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In keeping with our theme of retouching, this week we're going to look at this particular image. Now you might say, well what was wrong with this? Well for one thing that little pouch back there. Yes you do get it with the cork screw but it seems a little detached. It seems like maybe it's just a prop that was just placed there and we're concentrating on the corkscrew and the cork. But the pouch is part of the product. And it needs to be brought into so that your eye sees the whole thing as a unit.
So what we're going to do is we're going to take that pouch and bring it closer into the scene. And that's the retouching for today. So, I'm going to go in there, and again I'm going to use my pen tool. I'd like to use the pen tool because it's such an easy of going in there and picking things up. So I'm going to go in here and zoom in, real close, because I can get it real close in here. I'm going to go in here, and start to surround us. And let me just get even closer, right there. So now, with my pen tool, I'm going to start right here at this corner, and I'm going to click and drag, and just start to bring this guy in.
I'm going to start to grab it, and I'm just grabbing these, these outside edges, and I'm getting pretty tight. There's a lot of little pieces I'm going through. Just to get, make sure I get everything. Right around this little corner here, and go in here, start picking up this whole section right through here. Now, I'm going a little beyond, just slightly just to pick up some of these tones underneath. All right, there we go, and I'm going to go right around this edge. And through here, and I see a little curl right through there. So I'm going to go in and I'm just following all these little angles and then right around here and come up right through there and around here and there and there we go.
And then we close it off right there. All right, so now that we have we can pull back, and I'll go in and say to the pep make it a selection. So now, I could take that and send it to a new Layer Via Copy. So now I can take it and bring it down into position where I want it. Right about there. See? So it's just starting to touch things right through there. Maybe bring it a little further down. Right there like that. And we might even want to turn it a bit. So, we could turn it just slightly like that, click OK.
So now, the stuff in back, well, we have to get rid of it. So I'm going to go in there, into my background layer and I'm going to go into a new layer, because I'd like to put everything into a layer just in case I need to modify it. I'm going to get my clone tool, I'm going to start to clone. Start to clone some of these materials in here that I see, right through here and I'm going to start to clone those in, see? Now I'm cloning them into a whole nother layer. I'll bring down that opacity, that hardness a little bit, so that I get a nice softer edge. And we start to go in there and you see how were now starting to get this nice continuation of our material.
So I'm going to go in here and let's just pick up some of this dark stuff here and we'll kind of throw it into here. There you go, and let's I'm picking up from different places at once. All right, so there. Let's just kind of clear this up, put some of this dark tone, come down, there you go that's looking good. Let's pick up some of this. Actually let's pick up I'm looking around for a nice similar area like right here, and then we can just start to pull that in, into that area right in there, like that. And we'll pick up from here.
You see how I'm blending in different parts just so I get a nice random kind of of a an effect back here, kind of like the real thing, there we go. So now we can just go in and let's just say pick up from right. Mm. That's a lot to choose from here. Let's pick up right from here. And we'll just throw that all into there. Just like that. There we go. And we can pull in some of these light tones. And there we're picking up that top of the thing there. And that's looking good. There we go.
So now we got this nice texture in back again. And let's pull up some of these. So that we get all this nice tone going through here, and it evens it out. There we go. Now, now that we have that, there it is. So, what this guy can do it cast a little drop shadow. We'll just throw a little tiny drop shadow in there. Just a little drop shadow which will bring the opacity just a little, a little more distance. Right there like that. And we'll just kind of lower that opacity a bit.
All right. Click OK. So we have a little, tiny drop shadow underneath this, this guy here. So now, we're missing the cork, the top of the screw there and the bottle opener there. So, what we're going to do is, let's just go see that down at the bottom. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to surround those areas. Again with my pen tools. So I'm going to go in. And let's just see how much of this guy is lost. Okay, pretty much that whole top area. So with my pen tool, I'm going to go in there and start to surround this. Now, I do have a path from before. So let's save that path, just in case we need it for something else.
All right, so now, get in real close. And we'll go in here and start to surround the cork, the corkscrew right here. Go around this little curve. Up there, and around that. Come down here, down there, and all the way down to about here and then close it off. There. All right. Then the top of our cork. Right here. I'll just go in here, select this little section right through there, and I can modify this later, as I see I'm going to have to.
So, I'm going to go in and just kind of roughen this area up a little bit. Okay, that should do it. And I'm going to just pull this out just a tad right in there. Just to give some of this tone I'm going to use my cursor key right in there like that. And the very top tip of this guy. I'm going to curl this right up through there, and up in there, and around there, and close it off. So, now that I have those three paths, let's go ahead and save 'em.
Okay. So, now that we have that, here's our paths. So what I'm going to do, is, I'm going to turn them into a selection. And I make sure I'm in the right layer which is that bottom layer and I'm going to say, send them to a new Layer Via Copy. All right. So now, when we turn these guys back on, there we are, there's the retouching, there's our little case in place, and these are the let's call them missing parts, or overlap, that's it, that's a better name right there, overlap. All right. And I'm going to bring those right on top of our little case right there. And okay. There's a little more to it.
A little more that we need to see. So, I didn't realize we went that far down. I thought we we did. Okay, so we're going to have to go and bring in a little more of that little area right there. No problem, because we go back and look at our, our little area that we, the corkscrew and the other piece are fine, but this guy we need that whole bottom part. I should of checked a little closer. So, that's no problem, if we go back to our original piece and we have that path, we still have that path, right there. So what we're going to do is we're going to extend that path. I'm going to select that bottom portion of it.
Right there and hit Delete. See, real simple. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to take that path and continue it. Let's get closer. And bring it all the way down to here just to be safe. And then come all the way over to here, see. It makes it real easy to go in there and come over to here and then come up. I'm going to come up. I'm going to change direction to go, give me a handle that way and close it off with this guy, which I'm then going to move this guy over to match that little edge. See, the beauty of the path is that we can always modify it later.
The fact that we put that into a layer makes it easy to then go in there and make the adjustment. So what I'm going to do is just that path is selected. You notice just that path? The other two aren't. So what I do is I make sure I'm in that layer, make that path a selection, and I say give me a new Layer Via Copy again. See? So now when we pull back and that's turn the other guys in, there we go, there's that, there's that, there's the retouching. So now this new guy goes up there to the overlap and there we see that now we have the complete covering.
The fact that it was all the layer, the fact that everything was easily selected with the path, which I kept the path so I can easily extend, it made it real easy to make any additional adjustments that were necessary. So what happens now, is that this guy can just be brought down to the guy below. Say Merge Down. We just load it into that and we only have one layer that has the little overlap, so the cork, the screw, and the bottle cap opener. Now one last thing. I'm going to go in here and just go to background, and this is a little light, so what I'm going to do, I'll take my burn tool, my burn tool, I'm going to make it a little bigger.
A little bigger right through there, and make sure I'm dealing with mid-tones. I'm just going to add a little shadow back there. Just a little shadow, just through there like that. And it starts to give me that nice sense of, and entity retouching as well. Gives me that little sense of that thing actually being there in place right through here. And there we see that now we have the overall image. And all have to holds together. It ties in so that the case is, in fact, part of the unit that you buy.
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