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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.
Now that we have improved the color on the lips, let's go ahead and work on the eye makeup colors. We will zoom in a little bit. Now there are different techniques that we can use in order to improve the eye color. One is go to the Adjustments panel. In the Adjustments panel we can go over to the Vibrance and Saturation. Increase the Vibrance significantly. Also increase a little bit of Saturation here. Just to give this a little bit more of a color boost, then invert the mask. Press Command+I on to Mac, Ctrl+I on the PC. Grab your Brush tool. We are going to paint with white. We are going to paint with white at 100% Opacity here. We just going to go ahead and start to bring in a little bit more color into this area of the image and just add a little bit of snap to this color. Bring those tones out just a bit. Okay, great. Well as long as we are here we might as well bring a little bit more color into the eyes as well. Just bring a little bit more. There just take a look at our before and after. Before and then after. Zoom it in even closer so you can see that. Here is our before and after. Great! Well now that we have a little bit more color there. Let's say that what I actually want to do is I want to bring out this hue perhaps a little bit more and maybe even use another color right up in here, something along those lines.
We will create a new layer and you know we are going with this layer. We are going to take this layer to a blend mode of good old color. We'll grab our Brush tool. Hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on a PC, and sample one of these colors that we are seeing here. I am going to go ahead and just begin to paint over this area. So I'm going to begin the paint over it. You can see that what is happening. I'm bringing a little bit more the uniform color into this portion of the image here. I'm also able to control the shape of the makeup. Just a little bit there as well. All right, great! So, here is my before and then after.
Bring it out even more hue there than we had before. So a couple of different ways we can do this. I'll go ahead and do that over here as well. Next thing I want to do is I want to add some Green. So hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on a PC. Sample green color in the eye there and I'm going to go ahead and just make my way. Bring in a little bit of the hue up top up here. Just having a little bit of fun with this. I don't know if this necessarily looks better but it is kind of fun. So we will go ahead and add some more color up here just adding a little bit of vivid tone up there. Now you want to blur this out. So I'm going to go ahead and navigate to Filter and choose Blur and Gaussian Blur there. This will then give me ability to blur it out. Just add a little bit of softer edges in those transitions and then let's lower your opacity just a touch here. And we have our before and then after, adding some more interesting colors there. Again, before and after. The nice thing about this if we don't like any aspect of what we have done here -- let's crank up our opacity. If we don't like it, we can mask it off right.
So we can click on the Add layer mask icon. I'll go ahead and do that. I have got my Brush tool. I can paint with black. I can remove let say the green because that wasn't that interesting. Now that was kind of kind of fun to experiment with that. It didn't take that much time. All right, we so far so good. We have improved this image in some pretty unique ways. Lets take a look at our before and after. We can do that by holding down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on PC, clicking on that eye icon. Here is before and then here is after zoom in a little bit further. Here is before and then we will click through our steps. Clean up work. A little bit of color, a little more color, a little bit of more color, little bit of the work on the shape of the lips there. And lower the opacity on that one just a bit. And then a little bit of color on the lips. And then move in right up. We have a little bit of color in the makeup. Vibrance and Saturation up there. And then a little bit more hue in order to finish that off. And my hope is that through these movies. You have picked up some valuable tips and techniques that will help you improve the makeup and the overall quality of your photographs.
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