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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Automating teeth whitening with actions


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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

with Chris Orwig

Video: Automating teeth whitening with actions

Now that we've learned how to use this powerful technique, which will help us to whiten the teeth in our photographs, here I want to share with you how you can record and create a custom action, which will help you speed up your overall teeth whitening workflow. Well, the first thing that we need to do in order to create an action is we need to click on this little play button icon here in order to open up our Actions panel. Next we will click on the icon for creating a new set. Let's go ahead and name this our initials, dash, Actions. Then we will click OK.
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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

Automating teeth whitening with actions

Now that we've learned how to use this powerful technique, which will help us to whiten the teeth in our photographs, here I want to share with you how you can record and create a custom action, which will help you speed up your overall teeth whitening workflow. Well, the first thing that we need to do in order to create an action is we need to click on this little play button icon here in order to open up our Actions panel. Next we will click on the icon for creating a new set. Let's go ahead and name this our initials, dash, Actions. Then we will click OK.

The next step is to click on the New icon. This will open up our New Action dialog, and here we are going to name this new action Teeth Whitening. In this action, we are going to record the same steps that we took in the last movie, except these are going to be a little bit more broad or general, so that we can then apply them to other photographs as well. Well, the first step, as you recall, is to click on the icon for a Hue/Saturation adjustment. Next you use the Targeted Adjustment tool to sample or click on the yellow in the teeth.

Then you desaturate those yellows, and brighten up the Lightness a little. Then in this layer, you also go to the Master channel, and here just bring up the overall Lightness as well. Well, in the previous movie, at this stage, we inverted the mask, and started to paint this adjustment into the teeth. Here we aren't going to do that. Rather, we are going to jump straight to duplicating this layer a few times, and then changing the blending modes and the opacity of those two layers. On a Mac press Command+J once; on Windows press Control+J. Then change this layer blending mode to Screen.

You may remember that the Screen Opacity amount was really low. It was around 10 or 15%, or so. Next, copy this layer again, press Command+J on a Mac; Control+J on Windows. On the top layer, change your blending mode to Soft Light. As you may remember, with that layer, our Opacity, well, it was up close to about 50% approximately. The next thing I want you to do is to group all of these layers together, so that we can then apply a mask to the entire group of adjustments.

Click in the top adjustment, hold down the Shift key, then click in the bottom. Here we will press Command+G on a Mac, or Control+G on Windows. Think G for group. Next let's name this. Go ahead and name this teeth whitening. Here what we want to do is then add a mask to the entire group, yet we want a mask which is filled with black. So if you hold down the Option key on a Mac, and Alt key on Windows, and then click on the Add layer mask, it will create a mask for this group, concealing all of those adjustments.

Now at this point, we have recorded the action which builds all of the foundational elements of the teeth whitening technique. So here we need to go back to our Actions panel, and then click Stop. In doing this, we've created for ourselves an incredibly valuable resource, and let me show you why. Well, here I am going to go ahead and delete all of these layers which I've just created, in order to record that action. And let's say that we open up a photograph like this one here, and we realize, gosh, we need to whiten the teeth.

Well now, rather than having to go through all of those steps which we learned in the previous movie, all that we need to do is we need to just click on the name of the action, and then press Play. Photoshop will then build all of those layers for us. Next, because there's a mask on this group, we can then simply select our Brush tool, choose white as our color there, and then just paint away the yellow. In other words, in doing this, we can really speed up this workflow, because this action will give us access to all of the settings here, these blending modes, and all that we've done there.

They're all inside of that group. As we make these adjustments, if we realize, gosh, we didn't really remove enough yellow based on this photograph, or the shade of the yellow in this person's teeth, well, just open up your group, go to that layer, click on the icon for Hue/Saturation, and in the Yellows channel here we can then control that. We can dial that in. We could also dial in the brightening effect by going to the layer where we have the Screen blending mode. We could increase or decrease that, and then of course, the same thing with that Soft Light layer.

Now last, but not least with this technique, you want to click in your mask layer here, the mask for the group, and just increase the Feather amount. That will soften the edges for this adjustment. Here with this adjustment, if we click on the eye icon, you can see our before, and then now our after. Very effective; very nice teeth whitening. I also want to point out that I've included this action inside of this chapter's folder in our Exercise Files folder. So if you have access to those exercise files, you can always just use that action that I've created for you.

If you don't, as you can see here this movie, you can just record your own action. And either way, what I hope that you do is that you use this action in order to speed up your workflow when it comes to teeth whitening.

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