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A portrait can be a cherished possession for a lifetime, and now making perfect portraits is just one Photoshop course away. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his vast knowledge of Photoshop to focus on the specific tools every photographer needs to adjust images and keep them looking genuine. Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training explores this program's deep resources and inspires photographers to do their creative best with everything from blemishes to backdrops. Exercise files accompany the course.
Hey! Welcome, my name is Chris Orwig, and I'll be your host and guide on this training adventure. I'm really excited about this training title and here is why. What we are going to do is take a look at how we can make our photographs of people even better, and you know what? Some of the most impactful photographs of all time have been photos of people. Isn't that interesting? You know sometimes you look at those photos, you see the before and then the after and you say, "How do they do that?" Well, we are going to demystify that. I'm going to teach you how to really make your photographs of people come to life. Now this is not a beginning Photoshop training title. So if you ever feel like you're over your head, go ahead and check out some of my other training titles and then hop back to this one.
And even more, in order to good at retouching, we have to be creative. We have to be insightful. So as a result, I thought it would be fun to include a few creative tips throughout this training title. So what exactly are we going to cover here? Well, while we are going to cover a wide range of topics, here are few. We are going to start off by looking at color and tone, because really you have to get that right from the get-go. Because if it's not right, all the rest of our retouching will be irrelevant. Then we are going to focus in on the small details, and then we are going to talk about how can we clean up our photographs; in particular, how can we work on those little small details in Camera RAW and then how can we work on those little small details inside of Photoshop, and after we have done that, we are going to get to some other topics. How can we enhance our photos, for example, how can we reduce or remove wrinkles, how can we brighten or whiten teeth, and then one of the most important aspects of our photographs of people are the eyes.
How can we brighten eyes, sharpen eyes, add a little bit of sparkle to eyes, or for that matter, how can we change the eye color and then of course, we will work on eyebrows and eyelashes. Now we are going to get to some other topics like makeup. How can we add or enhance or change makeup and then we will say well, what can we do with the body, how can we add a little bit of symmetry, or for that matter, how can we do some thinning? And after we have learned all of these different little skills, we will say okay, at the very end of this training title, how can I put all of those skills together, how can I work on one image from start to finish and we'll have a workflow chapter where we will do just that.
Now as you can tell, I'm incredibly excited about this training title and I'm excited because I love photography of people. It's one of my passions and I love making my photographs of people that much better and so we are going to dig in to how we can use Photoshop in order to make our photos of people stronger, more compelling, more engaging, and more inspiring. So we have a lot of ground to cover. So without further delay, let's begin.
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