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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
In the previous movie we took a look at how we could brighten shadows. Here what I want to do is get into this whole idea of darkening different aspects of a photograph. So let's go ahead and click on the New icon so we have a new adjustment. Here you do is go ahead and decrease my Exposure just a little bit. I am going to increase the Saturation and then in this color picker, I'm going to go ahead and hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on the PC, and then I am going to hover over the lips. So I want to get a nice color from the lips, and I will brighten that up a little bit.
All right, well now that I have dialed this in, what I have is Exposure, Saturation, and Color. I am going to zoom in on the photograph. When I zoom in, what I am interested in doing is I am interesting in bringing a little bit of tone and darkness on the cheek here and also this cheek over here. Now this is pretty subtle because I have a low Flow amount. But let's take a look at how we are doing. Here is our before and then our after. We are starting to see that we are building up a little bit of darkening effect here as well as a little bit of color on the cheeks. If we increase the Flow a little bit, what I am going to do then is bring my Exposure up a touch as well.
What we can start to do is affect this area even more. I am exaggerating this just a touch, but I'm doing this so you can see again, our before and after. In this case, darkening plus adding a little bit of makeup color. What about some other scenarios? Let's zoom in on the lips. We will do that by clicking on 2:1 in the Navigator panel. Well here what I want to do is I am going to go ahead and click New, so I have a new adjustment. I want to go ahead and sure, add a little bit of Saturation, also a little bit of Color, bring up my Contrast, my Exposure down.
Flow, I am going to bring this down a little bit, and I am going to choose a nice small brush here. What I am going to with this nice small brush is start to work my way around the outer edge of the lips here. Just to darken these up. Certain areas will need more darkening than others and again, I am kind of scrubbing back and forth across the edge of the lips here, to try to give them a little bit more shape. You can see that I am following the line of the lips here. I am just looking to darken that up a little bit more here. Make my brush a touch bigger and with a little bit bigger brush, I am moving in little bit closer and just darkening that up, again trying to add a little bit of shape.
I will go into the middle areas of the lip. All right, so far so good. Some nice darkening. I am going to increase my Flow even a little bit more and work on this front part of the lip here. I want to darken that one up a touch. Okay, let's take a look at our before and after. Here is we have before and then after, right. That adjustment definitely add a little bit more shape and dimension to those lips and it's looking much nicer. Let's zoom out to this 1:1 view and let's take a look at our overall before and after. I want to hide all of my Edit pins, so I will press the H key.
Next, I will press the Backslash key. Here is the before and then the after. We can see the brightening of the shadows, darkening of the lips, as well as darkening of the cheeks. Now one thing I want to point out here is when you're darkening different aspects of your photograph, you don't always need to add color. Although, sometimes it helps. Otherwise sometimes when you darken it can become a little bit too black and sometimes by matching the colors in your photograph, you can actually make your darkening look a little bit more realistic and your overall retouching look that much better.
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