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In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the tools every photographer needs to retouch portraits to make them look their best while remaining authentic. The course includes an overview of the retouching process and how to develop a plan for a retouching project.
After exploring techniques to improve the overall photo, Chris shares his techniques for reducing wrinkles, enhancing eyes and other facial features, improving hair, and retouching makeup. The course concludes with a look at retouching skin and reshaping portions of a portrait using transformations, the Warp tool, and the Liquify filter.
Now that we've made some corrections to this picture by quote, adding makeup, in Photoshop, here what I want to do is look at how we can bring in some color. In particular, I want to focus in on adding a little bit of color to the cheeks, and also I want to bring out the color in the makeup here. In order to do that, we'll be working with two different adjustment layers. We'll create a Color Balance adjustment layer, and also a Solid Color adjustment layer. All right! Well let's start off with this area up here, and let's start off by clicking on the Color Balance icon in the Adjustments panel.
Next what I want to do is, as I mentioned, just bring out some of the color here, so I'm going to click and drag these sliders until we can see a nice color in this part of the image. Currently, the color is affecting the whole photograph, which is obviously what we don't want. So to fix that, we could go to the Masks panel, and click the Invert button, or you could press Command+I on a Mac, or Control+I on Windows. Next, press the B key to select your Brush tool, or click on it in the Tools panel. Then choose white in the foreground color, and here we'll decrease our Opacity to about 60%, approximately.
And then for our brush, you want a nice soft-edge brush, and you want this to be a little smaller, so I'll tap my Left Bracket key, and we're just going to start to paint over this area of the image. In doing this, really what we're looking to do here is just to bring out some of the color which is already there, so I'm just painting over that part of the photograph. I'll also paint over the left eye, so that both of these match. If we want to add a little bit more, we could click and paint a little bit on the larger area. In doing that, I'm kind of building this effect up a little bit more.
All right! If we click on the eye icon, we can see here is our before, and then click again, and you can see the after. What's great about Color Balance is, if we go back to the Color Balance panel, we can also modify this color in other ways as well. We have this control to be able to change this by simply working with these sliders. So here let's go ahead and choose a color that might be nice for this picture; just something that kind of draws out the colors which are already there, and makes those a little bit more vibrant. All right! Well now that we've done that, what about the cheeks? Well, to work with the cheeks, we're going to create a Solid Color adjustment layer.
We'll then change the blending mode to Color. Then we'll mask in the adjustment to exactly where we want it. So here let's click on our adjustment layer icon, and then choose Solid Color. Here I'll select a color; I'll start off with Red, and then click OK. Next, we'll change the layer blending mode to Color. In changing that blending mode, it now allows us to see through the color to the underlying detail. Next click in the mask, and then press Invert. Well now that we've done that, we'll then use our Brush tool, which we already have, we'll paint with white, and we'll decrease the Opacity here; we want to bring this down to about 30%, approximately.
And then let's make the brush a little bit bigger, and then we're going to go ahead and start to just paint this into this area. As we paint this in, what we're going to do is just paint kind of a general shape here. This is something that makeup artists will do; they will add a little bit of makeup, and then they'll smooth it out. To smooth it out, we're going to use our Feather slider. In doing that, we're going to see that it's just going to create a nice kind of diffused color effect there. You don't want to go too far with that; right about there looks good. And then I'll paint in a little bit more into this area.
Eventually I'll be decreasing my Opacity, yet here I like to paint in the edges, so I can really see how this is going to affect this part of the photograph. I'll press the X key, or hit that little button, so I can paint with black too, to remove some of this; I brought in a little bit too much there. All right! Well now let's decrease our Opacity. We just want to add just a little kind of splash of color there in the cheeks. That looks pretty good right about there. And then if we want to change the color that we have here on the cheeks, what we can do is we can double-click on the color chip here, and in this way, we can select different colors, and you can see how I can choose different colors for that area of the photograph.
Obviously, we want to select a color that will work for our picture. So in this case, I think something with a little bit more red in it looks kind of nice, and then click OK in order to apply that. And let's look at our before and after. Here it is: before, and after. We brought out some nice vivid colors there. And then of course, our overall before and after with this project. Here is the original file, as it was captured, and then here is after we've applied some makeup using Photoshop.
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