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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
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Adding sparkle to the eyes


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

Video: Adding sparkle to the eyes

Now we're going to continue to work with the same image, and this time, we're going to focus in on how we can add some sparkle to the eyes. Let's go ahead and zoom way in to this photograph. We can do that by pressing Command +Plus on a Mac, or Control+Plus on Windows. And when we get really close, you'll notice that this image was captured underneath a tree. That's why you can see all these little highlights, and some of the blue of the sky there. Well, already there are some nice kind of elements in the eyes, but I want to bring out even more detail; even more sharpness or sparkle in that area of the picture.
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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching
6h 4m Intermediate May 25, 2012

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In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the tools every photographer needs to retouch portraits to make them look their best while remaining authentic. The course includes an overview of the retouching process and how to develop a plan for a retouching project.

After exploring techniques to improve the overall photo, Chris shares his techniques for reducing wrinkles, enhancing eyes and other facial features, improving hair, and retouching makeup. The course concludes with a look at retouching skin and reshaping portions of a portrait using transformations, the Warp tool, and the Liquify filter.

Topics include:
  • Using selections and cloning to remove small distractions
  • Removing lint
  • Improving skin
  • Removing tan lines
  • Correcting tone with Curves and masking
  • Burning and dodging
  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Enhancing eyes
  • Whitening teeth
  • Fixing flyaway hairs
  • Adding and changing makeup
  • Softening and adding a glow to skin
  • Reshaping the body subtly
Subjects:
Photography Portraits Retouching
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Adding sparkle to the eyes

Now we're going to continue to work with the same image, and this time, we're going to focus in on how we can add some sparkle to the eyes. Let's go ahead and zoom way in to this photograph. We can do that by pressing Command +Plus on a Mac, or Control+Plus on Windows. And when we get really close, you'll notice that this image was captured underneath a tree. That's why you can see all these little highlights, and some of the blue of the sky there. Well, already there are some nice kind of elements in the eyes, but I want to bring out even more detail; even more sharpness or sparkle in that area of the picture.

To do that, what you'll want to do is to click in your Background layer. Next, let's select a tool which allows us to make a round selection. We'll use the Elliptical Marquee tool, and we'll increase the Feather a little bit. Now, when you make the selection, it doesn't need to be perfect, because we're going to be masking off the edges in a moment. To select both eyes, hold down the Shift key, then click, and drag over the other eye. Well, now that we have these rough selections, press Command+J on a Mac, or Control+J on Windows. Here, if we turn off the Background layer, you can see we have the eyes isolated by themselves.

And the reason we're doing this is because we're only going to apply this effect to this part of our photograph, so we don't want to have the extra file size of duplicating the entire layer. We don't need to do that; we just need the eyes. All right; well, let's turn on the visibility of the Background layer, and let's name this new layer sparkle. All right; now next, let's go to our Filter pulldown menu, and then we're going to choose Sharpen, and Smart Sharpen. In the Smart Sharpen dialog, what we want to do is we want to apply some sharpening here with Lens Blur.

That typically works best. Next, you can click and drag your Radius and your Amount sliders around until you see nice detail there in the eyes. You want to have more detail than you're comfortable with, because we really want to make these vibrant and alive. We can see the preview over there on the image as well. Sometimes, when it comes to working on eyes, More Accurate can help out, because it will really bring out the little teeny details in the image. Of course, that depends upon the lens and camera you're using, and whether or not the image is really tack sharp.

With this image, I was using a real shallow depth of field, so I don't think that's going to work very well here, because the area of focus; it's pretty narrow. All right. Well next let's click OK in order to apply this effect, and then we need to mask it in. To mask it in, we want to first create a mask which is filled with black. So rather than just clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon by itself, we're going to add a modifier key. Press Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, then click on the Add Layer Mask icon.

That will create a mask which is filled with black. Next, let's zoom in nice and close. Here we'll grab our Brush tool. The Brush tool we want to use is going to be with a nice soft edge here, so no Hardness, and a nice and small brush. With regards to our Opacity, let's bring this down a little bit; go down to about 70%, and of course, we want to paint with white. And by doing that, a lot of times what you can do is start in the middle of the eye, and kind of paint out, following the shape of the eye, and the lines there that you'll see in the eye.

So we're just going to click and paint out, trying to bring out a little bit of that sparkle there in the eye. If you want to bring out more, you can paint in to more of the eye. Now that we've done this, let's click on the Eye icon. You can see there is the before; click again, there is the after. Let me zoom in a bit more close here, so you can see this even more clearly, and I'll apply the effect in a way that's even stronger, so that you can see this in this movie, once it's compressed. All right; well now that I've done that, this time, hopefully, when we see our before and after, what you should see is the eye looks a little soft, and then now it all of a sudden has these really nice details highlighted in it.

I'll zoom in way beyond 100%; here is that before, and then after. And all of these effects that we've created work well together. If we turn off the visibility of all of these layers, we can see this first one of adding a bit of sparkle. Well, that works okay by itself, but really it's in combination with this Curves adjustment that these two start to make these eyes look better. With this adjustment here, it's cranked up pretty high. You could always diminish that if you don't want a vibrant, or bright effect.

And then finally, we had the color change there with this last layer. All right; well let's zoom out, so we can see this in a better perspective here. Here I'll click on the Eye icon, so that we can look at our overall before, and then now, our after.

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