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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, I want to share with you a technique that you can use in order to enhance the makeup of photograph. We are going to be working on this file makeup_kevin_thomas. This one was provided to us by the photographer Kevin Thomas. Thanks a ton Kevin for use of this file. Let's Press F to go Full Screen View mode. Now just by way of interest, we have the Background original file and then we have the file after a little bit of retouching a little bit of color work. Now this image is almost finished off except the one thing I would like to do is add a little bit more makeup color to the cheeks.
So I'm going to create a new layer. Shift+Command+N on a Mac/Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC and I'll name this layer color and I'll take this to a blend mode of Color. Click OK; I'll grab my Brush tool. Now with the Brush tool selected, I'm going to make my Brush a little bit bigger by pressing the right bracket key. I'll zoom in on the cheeks there, I want to add a little bit of tone and I'll hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC and I'll sample on the cheek color right there. Now, when I do that it gives me the color in the Color Picker, which I'll then open up. What I'm interested in doing here is using that color as a starting point making it a little bit more red and add a little bit more Hue to it; click OK. Now with this color selected I'm just going to go ahead and paint across the cheeks here and at this point my painting is pretty circular and I'm going to go ahead and make that even worse in the regards to its shape.
Now when you have a shape like that and you want to smooth it out here is what you want to do, Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and go ahead and soften that out quite a bit here, you can see how it is softening out the edges, click OK, Gosh! That looks so much better, here is our before and then here is after, tricky to see, we will zoom back in. Here is our before, real circular kind of looks like almost compact, here is after really blends in well in that overall before and after. Now that color is just a touch too strong, I always like to lower the opacity of things, just a bit, to blend them back and find that sweet spot. In my case, again, I always think I can bring that back. I just want a little bit of Hue in those cheeks. All right, that looks really nice, here is our before and after and that looks really nice.
So keep in mind when you are working with makeup you can actually paint it right on to a layer and use this blend mode of color in order to get that to really blend into the skin. I also keep in mind that a lot of times, you want to try to use colors that are there and then modify them just a little bit in order to exaggerate them or bring them out and typically when you do that, it will lead to the best results.
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