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Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids

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.

Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids

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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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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