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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.
In the previous movie, we talked about how we could add makeup in order to brighten up some shadows. What about adding makeup to add a little bit of color? A little bit of hue. Let's do that here. We will zoom in and we are going to start up with a little bit of a subtle effect. Lets go ahead and click on the New Layer icon and we will name this new first layer here by double-clicking on the name there. We are going to name it color 1 because we will be doing this twice. We will then grab a blend mode of Color. Next, we will select our Brush tool. Now with that Brush tool selected, we are going to grab a color from the image. I kind of like the color in the makeup up here. So if I hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC then sample this color, you can see that it's choosing these different colors here in my Color Picker.
Great! Well, I'll go ahead and go into that and now that I see this color, I'm going to add a little bit more of a pink hue to this. So just shift that one way or another. Click OK. Next, now that I have a color and you have to experiment a little bit with this. So I'm going to add that color of the cheeks here. One of the nice things about doing this is that we have this on a blend mode, so we can start to see the color really nicely. We can also shift this color because it's on its own layer. So let's bring in the color just by painting that here. All right, we have a nice soft edge brush, my brush, I should say. It's about a 45 pixel brush. No hardness there. Great. Now I don't really like this Hue. I would rather have these cheeks be a little bit more red. How could I change that color? You also may be saying Chris that doesn't look good at all.
Well stick with me on this and this is how makeup works, right? You add a little bit then you diffuse it. So what we can do here is press Command+U on a Mac, Ctrl+U on a PC and then shift the Hue. We have a wide range of different colors that we can choose from. So I'm just going to go ahead and make this a little bit more pink by clicking and dragging it to the right. You could also saturate it up a bit as well. Click OK. Well now that I have a color that has a little not more pink in it or maybe a little bit more red versus the magenta color and then I'm going to diffuse this by going to Filter > Blur and Gaussian Blur.
Now the nice thing about this is I can soften those edges significantly. Click OK here and here we have our before and then after. Because this is on its own layer, I can then also, create a layer mask. So I'll go ahead and create a layer mask. Grab my brush. Paint with white or black. Let's say I want to conceal some of this makeup from a few different areas here. I can do that. Go ahead and over here, if I want it little bit more localized or hit the X key and paint with white and I can bring it into a larger area. So we have a quite a bit of flexibility in regards to how this makeup comes in and again before and then after. Lower the Opacity just a touch in order to keep it subtle.
You know sometimes what you will want to do is have just a little subtle Hue come in. Here is our before. Zoom in and then our after. Just a little bit of color there. We could always modify that more. Other times, you may want to go for a stronger color. So in this case, let's create a new layer. Name this layer color 2. You know the blend mode, right? The routine is we take this to a blend mode of Color with our Brush tool. We will hold down the Option Key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and this time I'm going to click on the color from these lips here. I'm going to try to get a pretty strong color here. In this case I have this deep red. We will go ahead and something that can be fine with that. Yeah, I might go for a nice deep red. Maybe a little bit brighter than that. Click OK. I'm going to make my brush nice and small. We are also going to experiment with my Opacity.
I will press the 7 key to go to a lower Opacity. I'm going go ahead and bring this on to this area here. Let's bring a little bit more color. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and press the 4 key to go to 40%, bring even a little bit more color than the 3 key to go to 30%, even bring a little bit more out here. And then I'm going to go back over here. Press the 6 key on my keyboard, it goes to 60%, then the 7 key goes to 70 %. Again, just looking to try to build this color up a little bit. All right, great. Well, if we don't like the Hue what do we do? Command+U on a Mac, Ctrl+ U on a PC. We have complete flexibility here for how we can change this color. Change its Saturation. Its overall tone.
Click OK. Next, we are going to diffuse this Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. We are going to diffuse this way out. Super amount of diffusion there. I'll click OK. And then lower Opacity a bit. What we are doing here is just building up color into a larger area. We thought we had color there but now we are really bringing in a lot of color here. And I like how the color is kind of go along the cheeks. Down here I don't. No big deal. Click on the Add Layer Mask icon. And in this case, we are going to paint with black at 100%. Take this big brush here and just kind of paint that out a little bit. Press the 6 key, go to 60%, paint a little bit more of it out there. And just change my Opacity there. So I have different amount of color on the cheeks. Here is our overall before and then after.
Interesting how we can begin to add a little bit color in order to enhance our photographs. Now of course, one of the things you want to always do is zoom out. And just experiment with your Opacity. Sometimes you will find it, you go a little bit too far with this. Simply because Photoshop's exciting, it's fun to make these type of changes. So you need to scale them back and I think with this image, scaling that back just a touch even maybe a touch more will be nice, just to have a real subtle color there. Which would then fit with the overall color pattern of the image and make this photograph even better.
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