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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can clean up some of the small details in the close-up portrait. You know, retouching in portraiture is actually really important, because in real life we don't notice all of these small little details because we're captivated by the person. Yet in a still image sometimes those are little bit more prominent. So we want to lessen those and we can do so with these different retouching tools. Well, here what I want to do is zoom into 100%. To do that you can double-click the Zoom tool and then press the Spacebar key in order to pan around.
In doing that I notice some small little details that I want to cleanup. So once again let's open a new layer press, Shift+Command+N on a Mac or Shift+Ctrl+N on Windows, and let's name this new layer clean up. Next, we'll press the J key and then Shift+J in order to navigate to the Spot Healing Brush. Well, you want to make sure Content-Aware and Sample All layers is turned on, and then press the left bracket key to make your brush smaller and then just start chipping away at these little teeny details. And here what I'm looking to do is to try to diminish some of these details and by doing so it will make the photograph field a little bit more fresh and clean and alive.
Next, press the Spacebar key and pan around. You want to be careful that you don't work on one area for too much time, because if you do that what will happen is, it will kind of look lopsided in regards to your overall retouching. Here we'll go ahead and navigate up to the top of the picture and I'll zoom out a little bit and I'll just make a longer brush strokes. I'm going to go ahead and paint over it any little detail that I want to diminish. In this case just working on these little details. I'm working with the more prominent details first and I'm also trying to jump around a little bit.
So I'm not just staying in one area. I am working with little flyaway hairs, any of the little wrinkles or textures that I'm noticing. Then I am going to go back over these areas too in different directions. So it's not just that we're working in one direction, but rather that we're kind of working around the area to try to sample different elements in that area the picture. We'll back down to the face again pressing the Spacebar key, and all of this work really what you want to do is almost put on some good music and then just start going for all the little teeny details. As you do this you shouldn't notice anything that's really standing out to you.
In other words, it shouldn't be like, wow, I made a big change. It should almost look like you haven't done anything. We're going for those subtle yet significant improvements. There's a little flyaway hair here that I'm going to go ahead and paint over it to try to remove that and that looks okay. We'll go ahead and see if we can fix that up a little bit. I don't quite like that edge there. So I'm going to make my brush smaller and just paint over that. You can always just undo your adjustment and then go back and redo it as I did there. Well, now that we've done all that let's take a look at that before and after.
You can see we've gotten rid of all of the small little blemishes. I'll zoom in a bit more so you can see the progress. And if you look at that, really it's quite phenomenal, but it makes all the difference in the world in kind of setting the stage for the rest of your work with the photograph. So for now go ahead and leave this file open, because we'll continue our retouching process with this image in the next movie.
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