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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 can increase the density of those eyelashes, how we can darken those eyelashes but what about the situations where you want to add a new eyelash? Well, that's what we are going to talk about here. So let's go ahead and zoom in on the image a little bit. And let's say that we want to add a little eyelash right here. And we just think it would look kind of nice to have a one more in the mix. Well the first thing we want to do is create a new layer. So let's go ahead and create a new layer and we are going to name this new layer eyelash1. Next, we need to select a color for our eyelash. Let's zoom way in on this. We will grab our Eyedropper tool and then we are going to go ahead and sample one of these colors. It's a nice brown. We will darken that brown up a bit. So I have a nice deep, dark brown. Okay, that looks good.
Next thing I want to do is grab my Brush tool. So now that I have my Brush tool, we will go to the Brush Option. I want the Diameter as something, one, two or three. I'll try three for this particular eyelash. That will look good. Hardness, crank that up. We want a hard- edged brush. Okay, perfect. We are not going to paint this in. What we are going to do is we are going to create a path. So let's click on the Paths tab, create a new path for us here. I'll go ahead and name this new path e1 for eyelash1. Then I'm going to grab the Pen tool and make sure that this option is selected, so I can draw a little path. All right, great. Well, I'll set a little anchor point here and I'm going to click and drag and then click and drag to create a little path that tries to kind of follow the arc that I have right here.
Okay, great. Well, now that I have that or something close to that, that looks all right, I think. I'm going to go ahead and add a brush stroke to this path. So let's go ahead and click on the Flyout menu option and here we are going to choose Stroke Path. We are going to stroke this with a Brush stroke and Simulate Pressure. Now that option has to be checked on. It's really interesting. It means it simulates a pressure, so there is a little bit of trail off. Now before we actually add this Brush Stroke, what I want to do is go back to my Layers palette and make sure I'm targeting this layer. Because I want this take place here, great, I am.
Go back to my Path, click on the Flyout menu > Brush Stroke. Add that Brush, Simulate Pressure. If it doesn't show Brush here, just select that from that pulldown menu and click OK. All right, well we have created our first eyelash. If we click off of this, we can see that we now have this little eyelash here. Now, one of the things that's kind of interesting about that is we can go back to the Layers palette and we can pick this up and we can move it, we can also Free Transform this. Let's go ahead and Free Transform it. Perhaps just a bit. Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on a PC. And I'm going to make this a little bit smaller just to add a little bit of variety, because I did follow that other one pretty closely and I think that looks pretty good.
Double-click the Zoom tool to go to 100% and you will be hard-pressed to try to identify which one was the fake eyelash, right? The one that we created. Here is our before and after. All right, well, we could easily add more eyelashes, couldn't we? All that we would need to do would be to create a new layer and then create a new path and do the same technique and we could add multiple eyelashes to this photograph. Now this single eyelash does improve it. It makes it a little bit nicer. Let's take a look at out overall before and after, here is before and here is after. You have now learned some really valuable techniques for working with eyelashes.
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