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Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes


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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques

with Chris Orwig

Video: Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes

In the next few movies, we'll be working on this photograph. What I want to do here is highlight a way that we can use Lightroom and Photoshop together in order to come up with the best results. We're going to start off with this photograph in Lightroom. A lot of times what happens is we capture an image, we import it into Lightroom, and then we make maybe a few minor adjustments. Let's say we go to the Basic panel, and we realize it might be nice to have a little fill light, a little bit of contrast. And then maybe we zoom in on the image, and we realize that there are a lot of little teeny skin variations.
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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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Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques
6h 45m Advanced Nov 23, 2010

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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Advanced Techniques, photographer Chris Orwig shows how to master the subtleties of Lightroom 3 and maximize its efficiency. The course begins with an in-depth exploration of Lightroom catalogs to keep track of photos, collections, keywords, stacks, and more. Along the way, Chris shows how to integrate Bridge and Photoshop in the Lightroom workflow and shares advanced techniques, including image editing with the adjustment brush, automating actions, using plug-ins and extensions, exporting to email or an FTP server, and more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Maximizing file compatibility
  • Speeding up the workflow with automation
  • Working with catalogs, collections, and folders
  • Diagramming multiple catalogs and computers
  • Performing and restoring backups
  • Setting up tethered capture
  • Advanced retouching techniques, such as eye enhancement and blemish reduction
  • Working with color profiles
  • Perfecting prints from Lightroom
  • Creating custom watermarks
  • Making a custom web gallery
  • Exporting and publishing photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Retouching workflow with Photoshop and Lightroom, pt. 1: Reducing blemishes

In the next few movies, we'll be working on this photograph. What I want to do here is highlight a way that we can use Lightroom and Photoshop together in order to come up with the best results. We're going to start off with this photograph in Lightroom. A lot of times what happens is we capture an image, we import it into Lightroom, and then we make maybe a few minor adjustments. Let's say we go to the Basic panel, and we realize it might be nice to have a little fill light, a little bit of contrast. And then maybe we zoom in on the image, and we realize that there are a lot of little teeny skin variations.

Because this is a fashion photograph, we're going to want to reduce or remove a lot of those, even some of the little freckles there in the skin. Well, we could of course do this in Lightroom. It would be really tedious. It's going to be fast or more efficient and we're going to get better results if we first go to Photoshop. So let's do that. With this image here, let's use our shortcut to edit this in Photoshop: Command+E on a Mac, Ctrl+E on Windows. Now, what we want to do is edit a copy with Lightroom adjustments.

So anything we've done, even those micro little adjustments, will be sent to Photoshop, so our files will look exactly the same. What I see here is what I'll open in Photoshop. All right! Here I'll click Edit. This will then pass this file off to Photoshop. Here I'll press F to go to Full Screen View mode, and what I want to do then is zoom in a little bit on the image. When I zoom in on the image, I notice there are some small little skin variations and blemishes and whatnot. So I'm going to fix those. I'm going to do this by creating a new layer.

Clicking on the new layer icon gives me that new layer. I'll name this one "r1" for retouch 1. Next, I'm going to select one of my Healing tools, like the tool I've selected here, which is the Healing brush. I want to make sure in my Options bar to turn on all layers. It's over here on the right. Then I'll make my brush nice and small by pressing the Left Bracket key, press Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, to sample a nice clean area of skin, and then to heal or to kind of paste that on top of the area that I want to clean up.

You'll notice that as I am going through the image, working on all these small little blemishes, that one of the things that I'm doing is I am constantly Option+Clicking or Alt+Clicking. I'll make my brush a little bigger here, and I am doing that so that I am always sampling from different areas of skin. I want to hide my tracks as much as possible. This is a beauty image, so I am going for something a bit more idealized, yet I don't want it to look fake. I want to have a sense of realism in regards to the way the retouching is done. I don't want to have anything that gives away that I've done this type of retouching.

So here, I'll go up and work on the forehead. You want to make sure you work throughout the entirety of your photograph; otherwise you may make, let's say the cheeks look good, but then the forehead doesn't, and that's kind of a dead giveaway that there's something wrong. All right! Well, here again, just Option+ Clicking or Alt+Clicking, sampling all these little areas and going through and reducing and simplifying. A little bit bigger brush when you have larger areas to sample from. Just want to be careful that you don't do anything that's too over the top. We're looking for simple, subtle, and stunning retouching. All right! Well, you can see that I could of course have done this inside of Lightroom, but it would have been so tedious.

It would have taken me so much time to get through all these little teeny blemishes, and I couldn't have kind of stacked this on top of it. You notice that sometimes I'm going over multiple areas multiple times. So I'll go back over something and I go and I blend it in with another texture, and then I sample another texture, and then I blend that in, and then I blend this and that. And it's really this back and forth process, working incredibly quickly but really coming up with stunning results. And panning around the image, making sure I'm reducing and simplifying in a way that's consistent across the board here. And work on the neck a little bit.

Some of you may be thinking, "Gosh, I don't really know about this type of retouching, and this type of Photoshop work is new to me." Well, if you're in that scenario, there are plenty of training courses on the lynda.com Training Library that talk about portrait and fashion retouching. It may be worthwhile to go back and revisit those if you're feeling like this whole retouching thing in Photoshop is a new topic. All right! Well, here I think we've done a decent job. Actually a little bit more. We need to work on this wrinkle underneath the eye there. Make sure to get that out.

And also over here. We'll do a little bit more work underneath the eyes, but for starters, we just want to get some of the major stuff that's most noticeable out there. All right! Let's look at the before and after now. Here we have it: before and then after. Again, before and after. So far, so good. We really couldn't have done this type of work inside of Lightroom. It would have taken too much time, and it wouldn't have been worth all of these efforts. Okay. Well, now let's zoom out a little bit. One of the things I'm noticing is I've started to work on this area of the eye, but I haven't done that good of a job.

I need to create a new layer. So I'll click on the New Layer icon. Call this one "r2." Here I'm going to make my brush a little bit bigger, and Option+Click or Alt+Click near the corner of the eye, and then just start to paint alongside of this. I'm just seeing if I can get a good brushstroke there and then bring this a little bit more closely in, and I'm looking to try to bring out some of the shadows underneath the eyes. I'll go to both sides. You saw that previously I had worked on the little wrinkles underneath there; now I'm really going for the dark areas underneath the eyes.

I'm using the Healing brush. Pretty big brush. My adjustments might be a touch too strong, but that's okay, because we can lower the opacity of adjustments like this. The great thing about this is this adjustment just sits on its own layer. There it is, by itself. So now here, I can lower the opacity to blend that in. So we just have a little bit of a softer shadow there, and here's my overall before and then after. Let's zoom in so you can actually see that. Before and after. Really quick work in Photoshop, yet it gives us some pretty strong results.

What we need to do next is save this file out and then go back to Lightroom. So let's save this file. To do so, I'll go to the File pulldown menu, and here I'll just choose Save. And then I'll go to the File pulldown menu, and then I'll choose Close. This will then take me back to Lightroom, and in Lightroom, we'll have two images. You can see these two files: here's the file we started with, and then here's the file after some retouching. Let's zoom in a little bit, so we can see that. And again, here is the original file, and then here is the file after our Photoshop work. All right! Well, so far, so good.

Half of our work is now done. And we've worked in Photoshop because Photoshop was the more effective tool for the task at hand, and you have to keep that in mind. You have to learn Photoshop really well, and you have to learn Lightroom really well and then know when to use what tool. Well, now since we're back in Lightroom, what I want to do is take advantage of one of Lightroom's strengths to make this retouching even better, and we'll do that in the next movie.

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