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Adding color to the cheeks

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Video: Adding color to the cheeks

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.

Adding color to the cheeks

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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Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training

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  1. 3m 22s
    1. Introduction
      2m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 16m 24s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      5m 21s
    2. Retouching workflow strategies
      3m 58s
    3. Retouching roadmap: Making notes
      2m 33s
    4. Using a Wacom Tablet
      2m 21s
    5. Resources and inspiration
      2m 11s
  3. 19m 44s
    1. White balancing in Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 51s
    2. White balancing with curves
      3m 10s
    3. Fine-tuning color with curves
      2m 17s
    4. Color-correcting white and black points in a photo
      3m 32s
    5. Color-correcting with a color card
      2m 59s
    6. Applying curves adjustments to another image
      1m 55s
  4. 35m 37s
    1. Reducing red skin tones
      3m 36s
    2. Correcting and enhancing skin colors
      2m 46s
    3. Introducing skin tone color correction
      3m 0s
    4. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      2m 59s
    5. Color-correcting light skin tones: Male
      3m 25s
    6. Color-correcting light skin tones: Female
      2m 40s
    7. Color-correcting light skin tones: Children
      2m 46s
    8. Color-correcting medium light skin tones: Female
      2m 46s
    9. Color-correcting medium dark skin tones: Male
      3m 44s
    10. Color-correcting dark skin tones: Male
      5m 15s
    11. Color-correcting dark skin tones: Female
      2m 40s
  5. 34m 28s
    1. Using the Spot Removal tool
      5m 11s
    2. Deconstructing Clone and Heal spot removal
      2m 59s
    3. Cleaning up small skin variations
      5m 36s
    4. Reducing blemishes and skin shine
      3m 53s
    5. Cleaning up a portrait backdrop
      1m 39s
    6. Cleaning up a backdrop
      4m 33s
    7. Reducing wrinkles and Camera Raw workflow
      7m 46s
    8. Removing lens dust from images
      2m 51s
  6. 1h 1m
    1. Creative tip: Leaving crumbs
      1m 8s
    2. Removing background distractions
      7m 31s
    3. Removing elements with the Patch tool
      8m 27s
    4. Removing T-shirt graphics
      4m 6s
    5. Removing distractions near subjects
      6m 5s
    6. Simplifying a background
      7m 24s
    7. Cleaning up small facial details
      5m 50s
    8. Simple skin retouching project
      7m 29s
    9. Reducing hot spots
      4m 55s
    10. Cleaning up small hair details
      9m 2s
  7. 19m 39s
    1. Taking notes on an image
      2m 8s
    2. Cleaning up small details
      7m 12s
    3. Improving an eyebrow
      4m 13s
    4. Working on shadows
      6m 6s
  8. 15m 36s
    1. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    2. Creative tip: Letting go of perfection
      1m 25s
    3. Improving the face
      5m 8s
    4. Cleaning up the details
      4m 36s
  9. 24m 41s
    1. Cleaning up the background
      5m 43s
    2. Improving background tone and texture
      6m 21s
    3. Fixing details and wrinkles
      4m 33s
    4. Final detail corrections
      4m 22s
    5. Bonus color enhancements
      3m 42s
  10. 38m 49s
    1. Creative tip: Movie critic
      58s
    2. Correcting tone with the Adjustment brush: Male
      5m 31s
    3. Correcting tone with the Adjustment brush: Female
      4m 58s
    4. Brightening with the Dodge tool
      3m 37s
    5. Correcting tone with curves
      5m 9s
    6. Enhancing with curves and the Burn tool
      3m 40s
    7. Quickly correcting tone with curves
      3m 35s
    8. Brightening with soft light blending
      4m 35s
    9. Darkening corners with soft light blending
      3m 54s
    10. Enhancing tone with shadows and highlights
      2m 52s
  11. 36m 11s
    1. Reducing shallow wrinkles with the Healing brush
      4m 32s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Clone Stamp blending
      4m 2s
    3. Reducing deeper wrinkles with the Healing brush
      5m 57s
    4. Organizing layers and masking
      3m 15s
    5. Using the Dodge tool and blending modes on wrinkles
      4m 9s
    6. Using cloning, healing, and curves on wrinkles
      7m 33s
    7. Removing face and garment wrinkles for a magazine cover
      6m 43s
  12. 1h 1m
    1. Creative tip: Art and craft
      59s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 25s
    3. Enhancing eye details
      3m 55s
    4. Brightening eyes
      6m 4s
    5. Improving eyes and darkening edges
      5m 38s
    6. Improving eyes with curves and color
      5m 3s
    7. Enhancing eyes with curves
      3m 42s
    8. Changing eye color
      6m 18s
    9. Adding a catch light
      2m 19s
    10. Sharpening eyes behind glasses
      4m 27s
    11. Whitening eyes
      2m 24s
    12. Whitening eyes in detail
      7m 44s
    13. Creating "Hollywood eyes"
      3m 24s
    14. Modifying pupils and eye edges
      5m 11s
  13. 15m 27s
    1. Reshaping an eyebrow
      3m 24s
    2. Improving texture around an eyebrow
      3m 8s
    3. Darkening an eyebrow
      3m 50s
    4. Adding mascara to increase eyelash density
      2m 11s
    5. Adding eyelashes
      2m 54s
  14. 18m 11s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone
      3m 22s
    2. Using curves and Hue/Saturation to improve lips
      4m 28s
    3. Adding dimension, shine, tone, and color
      4m 11s
    4. Improving shape and tone
      6m 10s
  15. 11m 53s
    1. Creative tip: Ansel Adams
      1m 36s
    2. Whitening teeth with the Dodge tool
      2m 14s
    3. Whitening teeth with Hue/Saturation
      5m 17s
    4. Removing a gap between teeth
      2m 46s
  16. 35m 20s
    1. Patching a gap in hair
      2m 45s
    2. Covering hair discoloration
      3m 20s
    3. Brightening hair for emphasis
      3m 8s
    4. Brightening dark roots
      4m 27s
    5. Adding hair
      4m 39s
    6. Fixing roots and hair color
      4m 17s
    7. Removing flyaway hairs
      12m 44s
  17. 36m 12s
    1. Additional makeup resources
      1m 30s
    2. Brightening shadowed areas on the face
      2m 46s
    3. Adding color to the cheeks
      4m 59s
    4. Improving the lips
      3m 3s
    5. Modifying lip color
      4m 28s
    6. Adding makeup
      3m 31s
    7. Modifying eye makeup color
      4m 58s
    8. Increasing color saturation and variety
      3m 19s
    9. Changing eye makeup color
      3m 15s
    10. Creating dimensions with contours
      4m 23s
  18. 45m 5s
    1. Creative tip: Know when to hold 'em
      1m 18s
    2. Reducing skin highlights
      4m 15s
    3. Cleaning up small skin blemishes
      5m 19s
    4. Healing small skin blemishes
      3m 15s
    5. Minimizing color variance
      3m 31s
    6. Reducing small details
      4m 40s
    7. Advanced skin enhancement
      6m 17s
    8. Beauty skin workflow
      8m 50s
    9. Fashion project pt. 1: Background cleanup
      4m 21s
    10. Fashion project pt. 2: Skin cleanup
      3m 19s
  19. 1h 5m
    1. Basic skin cleanup
      2m 49s
    2. Advanced blemish removal
      6m 39s
    3. Skin softening
      7m 5s
    4. Basic skin cleanup
      3m 42s
    5. Enhancing texture and tone
      5m 12s
    6. Basic retouching final steps
      4m 27s
    7. Final skin softening
      6m 53s
    8. High-Pass skin softening
      7m 38s
    9. Creating a skin-softening action
      7m 18s
    10. Speeding up skin softening with masking
      7m 1s
    11. Skin cleanup and softening with Camera Raw
      6m 53s
  20. 57m 33s
    1. Creative tip: The ethics of retouching
      1m 31s
    2. Yoga project
      8m 52s
    3. Fashion project pt. 1: Improving the facial expression
      2m 44s
    4. Fashion project pt. 2: Changing the arms
      4m 43s
    5. Fashion project pt. 3: Modifying the legs
      2m 54s
    6. Fashion project pt. 4: Increasing the height
      2m 29s
    7. Fashion project pt. 5: Working with light
      6m 4s
    8. Flamenco project pt. 1: Modifying the waist
      3m 37s
    9. Flamenco project pt. 2: Improving the waist
      1m 54s
    10. Flamenco project pt. 3: Adding height
      2m 16s
    11. Flamenco project pt. 4: Color and tone
      2m 52s
    12. Muscles project pt. 1: Introducing the Liquefy filter
      2m 46s
    13. Muscles project pt. 2: Using the Liquefy filter
      5m 12s
    14. Muscles project pt. 3: Burning and dodging
      6m 19s
    15. Muscles project pt. 4: Using curves
      3m 20s
  21. 43m 31s
    1. Improving the jaw line with Forward Warp Liquefy
      3m 21s
    2. Improving the jaw line with Push Left Liquefy
      3m 25s
    3. Improving the jaw line with the Free Transform tool
      1m 55s
    4. Creating simple symmetry in the face
      7m 21s
    5. Improving the Shape of Eyes, Ears, Nose and Face
      3m 49s
    6. Tailor fitting a wedding dress
      2m 32s
    7. Improving the face
      3m 20s
    8. Reducing the stomach size
      4m 28s
    9. Correcting distortion
      8m 49s
    10. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 31s
  22. 46m 0s
    1. Creative tip: Seal on photography
      1m 28s
    2. Color-correcting skin tones
      4m 8s
    3. Reducing blemishes
      3m 33s
    4. Enhancing tone
      3m 22s
    5. Adding makeup
      5m 17s
    6. Creating dimension with contours
      2m 57s
    7. Sharpening eyes
      5m 22s
    8. Improving eyes
      4m 44s
    9. Lightening dark roots
      1m 26s
    10. Smoothing skin
      3m 38s
    11. Enhancing color
      3m 29s
    12. Modifying the background
      6m 36s
  23. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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