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Enhancing eyes

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In this chapter, I want to explore how we can use Lightroom to do some retouching that we typically and previously would have only done inside of Photoshop. And what we can do here is take advantage of the Lightroom Adjustment brush in order to paint in adjustments into specific areas. We are going to start off working on eyes. We'll work on these two photographs you can see here at the top. You can find these inside of the people folder. Now currently, I am inside of the Library module. What I want to do is jump to the Develop module, and I want to have access to the Adjustment brush.

Enhancing eyes

In this chapter, I want to explore how we can use Lightroom to do some retouching that we typically and previously would have only done inside of Photoshop. And what we can do here is take advantage of the Lightroom Adjustment brush in order to paint in adjustments into specific areas. We are going to start off working on eyes. We'll work on these two photographs you can see here at the top. You can find these inside of the people folder. Now currently, I am inside of the Library module. What I want to do is jump to the Develop module, and I want to have access to the Adjustment brush.

The quickest way to do that is to press the Adjustment Brush shortcut key. If you don't know this one, definitely write it down. Here it is: it's the K key to take us to the Adjustment brush. Now new in Lightroom 3, if you go to the Effect pulldown menu, are some presets. We are going to select Iris Enhance, and all that this does is just dial in a few presets in regards to our exposure, saturation, and clarity. Now we can change these controls at any point-- right now, while we were doing the retouching, or for that matter, afterwards. Well, we want to work on the eyes, so let's go ahead and zoom in.

If we zoom into a 1:1 view, we get pretty close. Let's go even further, maybe a 3:1 view or 2:1; something where we can really get into the eye area. Next, we need to change the brush size. One way to do that is to press the Left Bracket key. You can see my brush is getting smaller. Or you can always drag this control here. I like using the shortcut here, bracket key: left or right, because that way I can have it over the area that I want to modify, and I can actually see how that brush will affect that area.

Now the feather has to do with the transition area, how far out that's going to transition. We want a little bit of a tighter transition, because we are working on a pretty tight, small area. All right, what about flow? Well, flow has to do with intensity. Typically, when retouching, you start with the low amount and you gradually build it up. One quick way to change this is to press a number on your keyboard. Here, I will go ahead and press 2 for 20, or 25 for 25. Of course, if you forget your shortcut, you can always drag that slider there.

Now in this case, we definitely want Auto Mask turned off. That won't work well because what we want to do is kind of paint this in in nice, fluid ways. So we will go ahead and just start to paint across the eye. Now I should point out that I am using a Wacom tablet, and I am using that which gives me even extra pressure sensitivity. And I really like that because it allows me to build this effect up little by little. Now as I am painting this in, you notice that I am kind of going around the edge of the eye, and I am painting this in around the eye, trying to follow the shape of the eye.

This little pen is distracting. The easiest way to hide that is to press the H Key. Think H for hide. Next, you can go into your controls, and you can modify these controls. Let's say you want a little more contrast there in the eyes, and you're like, "Yeah, that's kind of interesting." Well, at this point though, I don't really know if this adjustment is good at all, so I press the Backslash key. There is my before, and there is my after. And you can see there a little bit of the brightening effect there. I could add a touch of sharpening there. I could also go in and add some color.

To add color, click on the color chip, and then here we could experiment, let's say with adding a blue into the mix there. We can try different levels of opacity out. Now in this case, perhaps just a little touch or a little snap of color would be nice, nothing too over the top. But maybe just a little bit of blue in there, and I am just dragging this around, kind of seeing what might look good. Or even a little bit of green might be nice. But again, just a little bit of color in the eyes, and you can see we have made a pretty subtle adjustment. Here I will zoom out and then press the Backslash key.

Here is before, and then here is after, subtly enhancing that area of the eyes. Now if you don't like the brightness, well you can always have a little bit of a darker look there or you can have more contrast or you can deal with your color saturation and your clarity and dial in those controls until you get it exactly as you want it. All right, well let's take a look at another example. Here we will move to a photograph of my daughter Annie. Again, press the Spacebar key and click and drag, so you can reposition it on the area that you are going to work on. What I am going to do is go ahead, and I want to go back to Iris Enhance.

So I am just going to choose another option and then go back to Iris Enhance, just to kind of reset those values. And what I will do with this one is with my nice, small brush, I am going to start to paint. I am going to increase the flow here, just so we can work a little bit more quickly and perhaps create even a touch more dramatic results. In this case, I am adding this nice bright contrast to your color saturation. Not really liking the saturation too much, because it's bringing out some of the yellow in the eyes. So I am lowering that down, and I'll go around and modify my sliders.

It would be nice to have a little bit of a contrast. Brighten that up just a touch more, and some good clarity, contrast. Press the Backslash key. Here is before. Here is after. What I want to do next with this adjustment is I want to layer on top of it some sharpening. So rather than changing my Sharpness value right now, I am going to press the K key twice, and here is why. Press K once exits the Adjustment brush, exits my current adjustment. Press the K key a second time, and now I can make a new adjustment.

And the one that I am going to go for here has to do with sharpness. So here, I will choose Sharpness from the pulldown menu. Increase the sharpness, maybe a little bit of Clarity there as well, and then again, I am just going to paint over this area. And what I want to do is just add a little bit of that visual snap, a little bit of that sparkle to the eye there. Now it's critical that when you are doing this that you turn off Auto Mask. Auto Mask will make this look horrible. But here we have it with a little bit of the clarity and sharpness painted in. Let's zoom in even closer, so that you can see one of those eyes.

Here we have before and then after, and that looks pretty good. It still looks nice and natural. Let's zoom out, and let's say that we want to evaluate this at a zoomed out rate, just to make sure we are doing okay. That looks fine. Next, how about adding some color? Here we are going to zoom back in. K once. K the second time. And then here let's go ahead and choose Color. What this will do is is it will take our sliders back to normal, and then here we can choose a color. I am just going to choose a really vivid green, so we can see this.

My flow is relatively high here, so as I paint, we can see that I am really painting in this color. Now this color that I am bringing in doesn't look very good, but sometimes what you do when you are retouching is you retouch at a higher amount, or in an exaggerated state, like I am doing here, so that you can double check your brush stroke, so you can really see what's happening. And then you go in and you start to experiment. Like what would happen if we were to bring in perhaps a touch of blue there, or blue that has maybe a darker shade or lighter shade? We can really start to see that. Flip the switch.

You can also see that before and after. Or press your Backslash key. Here is before, and here is after. A nice way to be able to modify that. You can always go back to that color chip say and modify this. Bring it down a little bit if you want a little bit more realistic color there. All right, well I have made all these changes, and I have realized I brightened the eyes too much. This eye is a little bit too bright for me. How can I go back to an adjustment that I have done previously? Well, here you press the H key.

This brings back all these little pens. And if I click on a pen, you will notice that it's going to show me the different types of adjustments that I have. And so I have these different adjustments here. This adjustment is the one that brought in contrast and clarity. Well, if I go into my Exposure slider, you can see that it did brighten those eyes up pretty good. I am going to brighten them up a little bit more, just to show you how we can clean this up. One way of course is to move the slider. That's kind of easy. The other way is to hold our brush and then press Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows.

That toggles to a brush with the Minus sign in it--or it toggles to the Erase brush. You can set your controls here, you can choose your size, and once you have that, you can start to erase away some of this effect here. I am just going to paint over this, and you can see that I am painting away some of the adjustment that I made. And I am primarily painting this away on the top area of the eye. So now when I press the Backslash key, here is before and here is after. I have a little bit more refined retouching. So what I am trying to illustrate here is that sometimes what you will do perhaps is just use one or two adjustments and you are done.

Other times it might be helpful to actually press K multiple times, so you exit out of an adjustment, create a new one, and then stack those up. And then as you stack those up, that can lead you to some really fun results like we have here. Here is our before and then our after.

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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

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  1. 5m 57s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. Strategies for success
      1m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
  2. 39m 0s
    1. Understanding how Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop work together
      6m 25s
    2. Working with Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop
      6m 35s
    3. Maximizing compatibility with Photoshop
      4m 7s
    4. Resolving Camera Raw mismatches
      7m 47s
    5. Customizing external editor naming
      3m 54s
    6. Stacking multiple photos
      5m 25s
    7. What to do when Bridge isn't seeing the raw adjustments
      4m 47s
  3. 18m 30s
    1. Setting up an additional external editor
      6m 38s
    2. Should I work with TIFF or PSD files?
      1m 3s
    3. Setting up an export preset
      4m 4s
    4. Integrating Photoshop actions into Lightroom
      6m 45s
  4. 11m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      3m 38s
    2. Where are my images?
      4m 2s
    3. The nuts and bolts of catalogs
      1m 52s
    4. Understanding catalogs, collections, and folders
      2m 14s
  5. 15m 22s
    1. Working with folders
      3m 22s
    2. Working with collections
      3m 55s
    3. The collections workflow
      8m 5s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. Exporting and importing catalogs
      7m 52s
    2. Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
      2m 10s
    3. When to use multiple catalogs on one computer
      3m 40s
    4. Cleaning up the catalog mess
      2m 23s
  7. 10m 55s
    1. Catalog backup defaults
      4m 7s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      3m 45s
    3. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 27s
    4. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 36s
  8. 12m 24s
    1. Hard drive options
      9m 50s
    2. Further resources
      2m 34s
  9. 9m 46s
    1. Setting up tethered capture
      3m 12s
    2. Custom tethered capture white balance
      6m 34s
  10. 43m 38s
    1. Enhancing eyes
      8m 59s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 51s
    3. Smoothing skin
      6m 45s
    4. Reducing small blemishes
      6m 56s
    5. Darkening or dodging with the Adjustment brush
      2m 29s
    6. Adding dimensions and contrast
      4m 53s
    7. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes
      7m 10s
    8. Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 2: Smoothing skin
      3m 35s
  11. 21m 42s
    1. Understanding color space and preventing color profile mismatch
      3m 29s
    2. Monitor calibration with ColorMunki
      1m 5s
    3. Working with ColorChecker Passport
      59s
    4. Creating and exporting a ColorChecker Passport profile
      5m 44s
    5. Choosing and applying a profile
      6m 42s
    6. Saving a profile as a preset
      3m 43s
  12. 19m 0s
    1. Are your prints too dark?
      5m 47s
    2. Monitor brightness presets
      3m 4s
    3. Custom grid layouts
      3m 38s
    4. Importing and exporting custom presets
      2m 31s
    5. Exporting from Lightroom to Pictage
      4m 0s
  13. 20m 19s
    1. Designing a custom watermark in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    2. Implementing a custom watermark
      3m 54s
    3. Using a custom watermark for effect in a slideshow
      5m 54s
    4. Using a custom watermark for effect in a web gallery
      3m 31s
  14. 15m 28s
    1. Exporting images for a Blurb photo book
      6m 45s
    2. Downloading and installing Blurb BookSmart
      44s
    3. Building and designing a Blurb book
      7m 59s
  15. 17m 26s
    1. Publishing to the iPhone or iPad
      8m 45s
    2. Publishing to Facebook
      2m 24s
    3. Publishing to Flickr
      3m 19s
    4. Publishing to SmugMug
      2m 58s
  16. 17m 31s
    1. Web galleries and web hosting
      2m 52s
    2. Creating and uploading a gallery
      6m 29s
    3. Popular web gallery plug-ins
      3m 10s
    4. Installing and uploading a web gallery plug-in
      5m 0s
  17. 25m 44s
    1. Exporting to burn on DVD or Blu-ray
      5m 33s
    2. Exporting to a blog
      9m 16s
    3. Exporting for the web
      3m 26s
    4. Exporting and posting a slideshow or video
      4m 34s
    5. Creating a Lightroom screensaver
      2m 55s
  18. 10m 10s
    1. Creating a client web gallery template
      4m 1s
    2. Sending high-resolution images via FTP
      6m 9s
  19. 10m 23s
    1. Emailing images from Lightroom
      5m 31s
    2. Emailing images from Lightroom with Gmail
      4m 52s
  20. 11m 59s
    1. Installing plug-ins
      6m 17s
    2. Accessing plug-ins
      3m 10s
    3. Creative plug-in resources
      2m 32s
  21. 45m 6s
    1. General navigation shortcuts
      6m 21s
    2. Importing shortcuts
      5m 49s
    3. Library module shortcuts
      8m 15s
    4. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 1
      4m 42s
    5. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 2
      4m 29s
    6. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 3
      5m 24s
    7. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 4
      3m 39s
    8. Develop module shortcuts, pt. 5
      5m 11s
    9. Shortcut resources
      1m 16s
  22. 6m 13s
    1. General tips
      2m 28s
    2. Increasing the cache size for greater speed
      3m 45s
  23. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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